Haliburton Scout Reserve
12-20 July 2013
Having trailered our 22-foot Catalina sailboat all the way to Haliburton, it was only natural that we spent quite a bit of time on the lake sailing. For the first part of the week, there wasn't much wind and the sailing wasn't all that great. However, as dusk approached, the wind picked up and sailing the Catalina became a bit more fun. The photo below left shows our twenty-two (22) foot Catalina under sail with the Ship's ensign flying in the wind while the photo below right shows Ship's Boatswain Walter Coyne at the helm of the Catalina while she was under sail. Of all of our Sea Scouts in attendance, Walter managed to accumulate the most hours sailing.
When we first arrived at Haliburton, the first staff member we met in the parking lot took one look at the sailboat and asked us "you don't plan on using that sailboat in camp, do you?" Mate Andy Cowles was in panic mode upon hearing that question since we had already cleared using the sailboat on Lake Kenabe during our week at Haliburton and he was afraid that he had hauled it all the way from Souderton for naught. A quick trip to the Camp Headquarters to sign in and register the group quickly straightened everything out and once we had completed the necessary paperwork, we were busy launching the Catalina into the lake while the Scouts and Troop leaders loaded equipment into the three (3) barges that transported everything and everyone to our campsite. The photo below left shows Skipper Tim Wile enjoying the breeze while the Catalina gets underway while the photo below right depicts Mate Andy Cowles at the helm of the Catalina.
We were also fortunate that the Camp Director allowed us to do some night sailing in the portion of the lake that was adjacent to our campsite. Once the sun had fully set, the mosquitoes went away and it was fairly pleasant out on the late at night. Normally, the lake "closes" at 2100 to all watercraft except staff boats but since our Catalina was equipped with the necessary running lights, we were permitted to sail past 2100 when the lake closed to the rest of the camp. The wind was pretty decent during the first hour we were out, but died down around 2200 when we had to start paddling back to our campsite. We were prohibited from using our outboard motor since there was a star cruise taking place until 2300 and our motor noise would have disturbed that star cruise. The photo below right shows Ship's Boatswain Walter Coyne, Yeoman Sean van der Kleut, and Purser Aaron Guttenplan, awaiting cast-off for their evening cruise.
While at Haliburton, each of the Sea Scouts completed the requirements for Small Boat Sailing merit badge. One of the requirements for that badge was to capsize and right a sailboat in water over one's head. Naturally, we were not about to perform this little feat for each of our Sea Scouts using our Catalina. Fortunately, the Camp had fourteen (14) foot Echo sailboats available for sailing classes and we were permitted to use them for fulfilling the requirements for the Small Boat Sailing merit badge. The photo below left shows our Ship's Purser, Aaron Guttenplan, getting ready to set sail with two (2) Scouts from our sister Troop 461, Matt Ranberg and William Leyland. Mate Andy Cowles, who was the counselor and instructor for the merit badge, is at the far right (facing away). The photo below right shows our Ship's Boatswain, Walter Coyne, getting ready to embark on one of Haliburton's 14-foot Echo sailboats.
Fortunately, the temperature at Haliburton the week we were there was a bit higher than normal, between 27º and 30º Celsius during the day and going down to only 17º Celsius at night. From what the staff told us, it was quite a difference from the prior week when it was cloudy and cool. The lake water seemed warmer than usual, although it was still refreshing to take a plunge at the end of the day to wash off the sweat, grime, and insect repellant accumulated during the day. Naturally, the warmer weather and lake water made doing the merit badge requirements relating to tipping, righting, and re-boarding a sailboat more pleasant. The photo below left shows some of our Scouts successfully tipping over one of the camp's Echo sailboats. The photo below right shows the same crew of Scouts attempting to right the boat. Boy Scout William Leyland is the one hanging onto the keel in the center of the photo while Sea Scout Aaron Guttenplan can be seen by the rudder. We were surprised to find that we could not fully capsize the sailboats in that area in that the lake was too shallow for the boat's mast not to touch the bottom of the lake.
In the photo below left, another of our Scout sailing crews works on fulfilling their small boat sailing requirement to capsize and right a sailboat and then successfully re-board the vessel once it has been righted. The photo below right shows Sea Scout Aaron Guttenplan and Boy Scouts Matt Ranberg and William Leyland sailing back to the boating area, having successfully completed their capsizing requirements.
This page last updated on Saturday, 10 August 2013.