Mac Race 2014

Well good news is we made it back from Mackinac !!!

Bad news is we ended up with a DNF in the race…   but before that, we had some good news!

A slow start had us in 18th place of 18 boats..  Only getting the boat a week prior to the race had the crew very green..  Also the only front sail (jib) that we had to use was from the previous boat, and just 3.5 feet short!!!!  ok.. enough excuses.. we had a slow start! :)

In the first 12 hours we were able to pick off more than half the boats..  up to 8th place!  Not bad eh!   Front runners were in sight, this is certainly a Fast Fast Boat!

At about 2am….Timbo was off shift trying to get some sleep down below… the boat was cruising over 8 knots all night…

When all of a sudden…. :)

We were quickly awoke to the boat being dragged sideways through the water,  and soon after the sound of the spinnaker exploding..   hummm.. guess thats the alarm clock… All Hands on Deck..

It was a gruesome sight arriving on deck…  sail material everywhere..   lines in the water..  Crew were fairly quiet, knowing exactly what must be done…  get the sail back onboard before it get tangled up with the underside of the boat..

Knives at work, the shredded sail was shredded some more and brought back onboard..   No one hurt, Jib sail deployed and we continued on.

Morning brought some bad news, the halyards for the remaining sails were compromised and it was unsafe to continue on without going up the mast for a good look sea.

The decision was to turn around  :(

Well, that didn’t stop many of the crew from making it to Mackinac..

Planes were deployed, as were ground crew vehicles and the end of race Party continued as scheduled…

Wasn’t the finish we wanted, but for only getting the boat a week before the race, we proved she has lots of potential with more prep work.

Getting excited for a sailing trip to the North Channel in a couple weeks…    It’s supposed to be better cruising than the caribbean!

Have a Great Day!


Chuck and Sully Singing us Home

Allie goes for a dive off the back of WhiteRiver to retrieve SunGlasses
Allie goes for a dive off the back of WhiteRiver to retrieve SunGlasses
Here's where the crew sleeps when racing
Here’s where the crew sleeps when racing

Brian and Big D

Crew donated to keep his pants on this trip
Crew donated to keep his pants on this trip

Flying the kite Look mom no hands Mac Party

Ryan Robin Mary and Timbo
Ryan Robin Mary and Timbo

John makes it in the Pic

Nikki and Bryan arrive on island
Nikki and Bryan arrive on island

Mac Party Band - Endless Summer Mac Party




Sideline Marina Jobs

Well the year on the water is starting to pay off..  for Allie anyway…

After putting in a full shift at a local Car detailing shop.. she returned home to help out on the race boat (2 days to go!)

Standing up on the bow I asked her to tie a bowline knot on the cleat for our safety harness lines (jack lines)..

Just as she started to move up to the bow, a group of guys showed up..  They were out for dinner, returning to their 70′ mega powerboat..

They overheard our conversation and in a happy mood they suggested one of their crew could do it better than Allie, as they had just taught him that knot this morning.

Smiling, I agreed this would be a good test of his skills….  Leading him onto the boat and up to the bow, the contest was about to begin…

Now there’s no reason to just test each other’s skills without a little wager..  Im pretty sure the crew was well off.. Their smallest bill was $100 bucker…    So bets were laid…

Soon enough we discovered their crackerjack star had forgotten the knot,  and  Allie had the jack lines secure..  This wasn’t quite good enough.. ..  The knot was undone, and retied with her hands behind her back.. :)

So.. up $120.00, next job was sunglasses recovery…

Scuba gear snapped on..  a quick dive surfaced with the lost glasses… and another mitt of cash in her hands..

Revenue Canada will be looking for the tax on that one Allie!

Our Racing guest from St. Thomas USVI showed up today.. Brian…

He’s used to driving on the left hand side, so we figured he would be a natural to drive the Automax right hander Honda truck..   oops..

He doesn’t fit too well, does he?   Seats all the way back!! ha

Race boat is RaceReady as is the Crew…  wish us luck!

Sea ya in Mackinac… and oh ya..  Have a Great Day…


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Preparing for the race

As the days tick off, the crew of White River are ticking off the “To-Do” list on the new race boat.
Crossing 4000 miles in Island Dancer didn’t seem to require as many “to do” lists as this 200 mile race…
Well getting the boat prepared in less than a week is a little different than having a year to pick away at stuff thats for sure!
The rules of the race require a heck of a lot of things in place, and for good reason..
when cruising your just about an idiot to set off in a storm..  racing, the weather doesn’t matter.. your going…  (perhaps that still makes you an idiot)
The last couple years have been pretty easy weather wise..
In fact one year the wind died for so long we stopped for a swim and a bbq!!!
Now thats my type of Racing!!!  (not sure it’s allowed in the rule book so lets keep that to ourselves)
Put our friend Sully on the spot tonight..  Emergency drill
Sully.. your steering just let go..  nothing is controlling the rudder…The boat is going in circles and were in a storm… what are you going to do??
(Apparently the race committee sometimes checks crew to insure they know where all the safety stuff is and how to use it… I wasn’t being mean honest! ha)
After his shoulders returned to a lower position the light bulb turned on… Emergency Tiller!  ya… thats it!
So..  Robin and Sully went about installing it…
Well.. there’s the rudder… under the seat..   hummm… how’s this thing go on…  no not that way… hummmm….
Click… OK we have it…   but now what… it needs to be cut down..  it runs right into the steering wheel that is un-usable….
We still can’t steer the boat…
Shoulders return to a higher position with strange looks on their faces… what now???
Hint: Wonder if that steering wheel is removable???
Shoulders back down..  Robin and Sully remove the big wheel…   BINGO…  now have steering…  Tiller style….
So… If we do get big weather… and loose the steering…  Sully is the man to get us to shore!  Good Job  :)
Tune in this weekend to see how we make out…   WHITE RIVER PHRF E
Have a great Day!!
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Mackinac Race 2014

Well it’s that time of year again…  Racing across lake Huron in the 2014 Bell’s Beer Mackinac Race.. It runs from the base of Lake Huron..  across her (200 miles) to a small island called Mackinac.  

We have a new race boat this year… called White River
For you racing people, It’s a 41’ CnC with a few new tricks on her..   Hydraulic boom vang, and back stay..   
We don’t expect to place too well, as the boat only arrived last week and we don’t have proper racing sails yet..  but should be a lot of fun…
There will be 9 crew, including all from last year and a special guest from the Islands..

The crew has been working very hard to get ready for the race..  Installing tons of electronics, safety gear, lighting, etc..  
We’ve only had one training session out in the lake, but we were able to fly the spinnaker through multiple gybes without losing anyone overboard :)

You can watch our progress live on the website… its an app called yellow brick
Here’s a link

The race starts Saturday Morning… The link will become active Friday afternoon.

Have a great Day!


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Trip to Brights Grove

Big Trip this weekend… almost 10 miles or so!!! ha!
Anchored out in our old stompin grounds of Brights Grove… on Lake Huron
Had a lot of fun running into many folks we haven’t seen in a year or so
Many people came up and said “Is this Kozyboat?” so that was pretty fun!
Beautiful anchorage with calm south winds… and of course the price was spectacular at “FREE”
Great times with Great friends… will certainly do this again soon!

Have a Great day!



Island Dancer is HOME….  to Bridgeview marina

3840 nautical miles!!
Thanks for reading our Journey here on Kozyboat!
Special thanks to Gerb for Decorating his dock !
Then heading into our Dock… Jessi n friends insured we knew where to swing in!!!  More welcome home decorating!!!
Stop by and say Hi when you can!  (50 already have!)  Its the funny looking boat with colourful kayaks and stand up boards!!!  ha!!!
Thanks a lot Guys…
We Had a Great Day!

Welland Canal and Lake Erie

Island Dancer ntered the Welland canal at 10am Friday…. there are horror stories of it taking 17 hours… then others in just 4 or 5…
Calling Welland Canal control on channel 14, they advised me to stop at a marina and call them on a land line..
I radio’d back a few minutes later to clarify which marina… and then they started asking the key questions… have you paid.. do you have 3 adults on board.. etc etc..
So in the end we didn’t have to stop and were put right into the system,… awesome!
The locks were fairly simple.. Raise about 45 feet in each one (8).. the first 3 were no issue… Then came Number 4…
With only one other boat going through, the first few locks we had good separation… The lock is 1000′ long and were 54’… spacing them out is a good idea.. isn’t it?
Pull up.. pull up… says the operator to Timbo…OK.. now we are 10 feet from the cruise ship… nice…

Then the fun started….Wholly crap…
The lock operator must have thought we were a 1000′ laker… It would have rose no quicker if they just opened the gate…

I had to run the engines at high RPM just to keep the cleats from pulling out of the deck.. we were on a RIDE!!!
Getting to the top I had a word with one of the operators… Is there a way to fill a little slower next time ??
Of course the answer was certainly not… thats a slow as we can go…

Entering the next lock we had a Girl operator.. Now Island Dancer was placed 900′ behind the other boat… and it filled about a slow as nice bubble bath…
What a change! I was sure to give her our appriciation when we hit the top!

At 5pm we found ourselves cruising out into Lake Erie!! Time for AutoVanHelm to take the wheel… He loves to steer through big open lakes!

The wind went to ZERO.. the lake was Glass… motoring along over 8 knots all night and all day Saturday…
That was until a new noise arose…. Timbo was just jumping into the shower… what the hell is THAT??
Running up to the deck Robin already had the starboard engine slowed down.. its running fine.. but the noise is different.. kind of like we just got a new loud muffler installed..??
Nothing obvious in the engine room… fired it back up.. sounds great.. rev it up… no something is different.. it’s louder…
Looking in the water it became obvious… as we slowed down.. a long 200′ nylon rope floated to the surface… Ahhhh Ha…! That would do it!
Appears we ran over some debris.. its not a net.. just a very long line..
Tried the motor in reverse.. but it just started winding the rope up.. forward same story..

ALLIE!!! Time to go DOWNSTAIRS!!!!

Being in the open lake.. and likely a very chilli open lake.. Timbo suited up also….. Nice have scuba tanks on board.. its a long way down to the props.. For Timbo anyway…
I put one toe in first.. hummmmm… The water actually wasn’t that bad…
Allie suited me up in all the scuba gear.. pushed me off the deck with a splash.. then threw her gear in the water.. She put her’s on after jumping in just to show off…
Taking a peak under the waterline there was no surprise to see the line was wrapped many times around the prop.. And a secondary line wrapped around the rudder!

Our starboard engine was fine.. so we could continue on.. but at a much slower pace.. and going up the St. Clair river would be a crawl! Lets fix this now!

Thanks to Ray setting me up with a fine collection of very sharp knives.. we had the line off, back on the boat and underway less than 30 minutes from the first noise ..…

If we don’t run anything else over, or run aground too hard.. we should make Sarnia Sunday morning, or early afternoon… Its going to take more than a rope to stop us now.. ha!

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Facebook is Pretty Cool Somedays

Quick Post on Facebook and next thing you know, buddies are showing up at the marina (With BEER!)
Whats the chances Gord and Sandy were ‘in town’ for the day when normally out west…??
Great fun with Chris, Michelle, Steph and of course John and Vanessa feeding us all day…
We don’t have any Canadian money yet… and haven’t seen any in a year.. is it still colourful??

Well time to drop the dock lines and head up niagara falls… going to need a good run at her eh!

Next stop… SARNIA (I hope!!!)

Have a Great Day!


You won’t believe this but we Found Canada!

Talking to customs we had to think just how long we were gone… 300 days!

Why didn’t someone tell me it was still cold here???? :)

And found my old Sailboat FatFish!! It was locked… but Johnny forgot to take the key out…
Overnight sail was smooth to St. Catharines… We came in way too early and had to drop the hook for an hour or two before entering the harbour..
Time to find a TIM HORTONS!!! and a Canadian Tire!

Have a Great Day!!!

Island Dancer is a Sailboat Again!

Bernie walked up with a coffee this morning looking at the rig on Island Dancer..
He smiled and said… WOW
Bernie is the head of stepping masts (installing)
I somehow found a smile, wondering what I was getting myself into…
This boat is SMALL in the caribbean… whats the big deal.. lets go!

Bernie: “There’s no way my rig can lift that mast…”
Timbo: “Really.. so Bernie… what are we using then? ” –  There was NO way the mast going to be horizontal on the deck after today…. I love putting confidence back into the experts… he’ll figure out a way!

So we Rented a Crane!.. not a big one.. in fact.. Im so used to Georgie showing up in 100+ ton crane (at Suncor) I was a bit shocked at this weeeee one…  
But again… this is only a hollow mast.. couple farm boys could put it in… trust me I have stories!

There was a bit of a Spectacle in Oswago… at one point Robin counted more than 15 watching just in the immediate area of the boat…

Everything went smooth smooth smooth.. and we now have two masts back in the vertical position…
We stopped working at 10pm (Kozyboat crew).. its a ton of work getting all the gear back together… but were ready to hit the sea.. hummm I mean LAKE… tomorrow!!!

Very great people here.. (I must have met some non-great people, somewhere, sometime on this trip??)
You will see from the pictures the number of people we had helping.. That with crane, gin pole, and paid talent… what the heck is this going to cost??
Turned out to be a little over $300… I was thinking more like $500-700… we had the crane and operator tied up all afternoon.. and a lot of marina people!!!
I really need to buy a “I Love NY” T-Shirt !!!!

The 30 locks have certainly improved Timbo’s docking skills…. This boat is turning into a skate board in a parking lot…
The marina people came up to me and said “Gee.. We hardly ever see anyone driving a SAILBOAT dock without hitting something” ha!!!

I can’t wait to come into Bridgeview in Sarnia and smash into 3 boats my first time!!! 

Terry..  hang some extra fenders on your boat…Timbo’s comin in!
Film at 11!!!

Well lets see how this boat handles the Great Lakes… :)

Have a Great Day!!!