Full speed ahead captain, we’re clear of ice.
Commander Mason, John Mason, was pretty much on the money when he predicted April 21st for the Big Sound to be ice free, although he did qualify it with a possibility of it being a week earlier or later. I haven’t seen anyone out on the water yet but the contractors will want to get started as soon possible with projects on the islands and areas accessible only by water.
JB – Communications Officer
The Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron will be holding it’s Annual General Meeting on May 6th.
Notice of Parry Sound Squadron Annual General Meeting 2015
To All Bridge Officers, Graduates, Squadron members
Date: Wednesday May 6, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Parry Sound District Museum, (top of Tower Hill)
17 George St., Parry Sound
Chair: Commander John Mason, JN
Secretary: Jo Bossart
- Opening Remarks
- Minutes of last meeting
- Officers’ Reports
- Address by District Commander and National Elizabeth Appleton
- Awards/Presentations: Merit Marks
- Report of the Chairman of the Nominating Committee
- Election of the New Bridge
- Pledging of the Bridge by D/C
A two evening Marine VHF instruction course with examination will be offered May 12th and 19th, 2015, at Lakeland Long Term Care facility (beside the West Parry Sound District Hospital in Parry Sound).
The supplied course materials include a manual and CD covering VHF marine radio use and Digital Selective Calling (DSC). The course will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) and DSC Endorsement exams that will be administered on the second night with temporary licenses issued that evening for people successfully completing the exams.
To legally operate a maritime radio as an individual or business you need this certificate. The Maritime Radio course, ROC (M), teaches emergency radio procedures as well as everyday operating techniques.
Register with John Mason in advance so course materials can be ordered.
705.342.1315, or email@example.com.
The cost is $75 including course materials with a $10 discount ($65) for Canadian Power and Sail Squadron members.
This photo was taken a few hours ago and shows the extent of the open water. We received a considerable amount of rain in the past 48 hours and today it’s above 10°C (50°F), so things may move quickly. Commander Mason at the last meeting of the Parry Sound Squadron Bridge promised the Big Sound would be clear by April 21st, plus or minus one week. It won’t be a week early, but hopefully no later than the 28th. If you can’t play on the ice it may as well be gone.
‘Clic on the Pic’ for a larger view.
A familiar benchmark for the condition of the Big Sound, PS2 is now ‘bathed’ in ice rather than snow. We have had a few days a little above freezing followed by quite a bit more below freezing at night. Add in a little rain, not too much, and the Big Sound is turning into a skating rink. It’s been too cold to suggest there is much thinning of the ice, but the insulating layer of snow has been removed. It’s still weeks until boating season. The creeks and rivers are starting to open up so there will soon be some cold season kayaking possible.
The view from the end of the smelter Wharf in Parry Sound, March 22nd. Enough said about current conditions!
Forget groundhog forecasters. Spring, which is defined as the start of boating around here, is still a good 8 weeks away.
Not fit for skiing, ice fishing or boating, the Big Sound is a mess. We’ve had about three days of above freezing daytime temperatures and it has basically turned the snow on top of the ice into slush with a crust. It’s pretty much impossible to walk, ski or snowshoe on the Big Sound and snow machines send up a spray as they shuttle around trying to get the ice shacks off the ice. The ice is still nice and thick so it will still be too many weeks before the Big Sound is fit for boating. This the time of the season where you wished you had a hovercraft or one of those air boats used in the swamps of Louisiana.
Making Tracks on the Big Sound (2015-03-11)
The Big Sound still pretty much looks like Antarctica. We are expecting a few days of above freezing by the beginning of next week. It could be a cruel hoax, but the thaw has to arrive at some point. It promises to be a slow start to the boating season. Out at Hole in Wall last Saturday the ice was about 60 cm (24 in.) thick, great for sledders and skiers.
What I haven’t seen yet on the Big Sound is snow skiing, in the style of water skiing. Not only should it be possible it should be reasonably safe. A quick internet search turned up a couple of images of sled skiing but not much else. Hmm, I may need to make friends with sledders if the snow and ice insist on hanging around.
JB – Communications Officer
As I joked in a post a couple of weeks ago, this is not part of a disguised Parry Sound missile defense system. Since then we’ve had a fair bit of snow ice and the buoy is getting buried. I’m told the ice on the Big Sound a couple hundred meters from the shore is between 45 and 60 cm thick.