Originally Posted by Smithsonian
My husband and I are taking our first sailing holiday on our 33 ft Hunter
. We will leave from Toronto and make a few stops along the way in Whitby and Coburg before continuing on to the Bay of Quinte.
Would you recommend going through the Bay of Quinte or sailing around the south end of the island? Any recommendations on anchorages/marinas.
Other advice for someone new to this area?
As others have said, it depends on conditions, and also what you prefer. Going south means a faster passage
. Inside is slower, but certainly more sheltered, and many more anchorages
Going south from Coburg is a full day. Might want to hit Presqu'Ile first. Either way, and as Anglais says, I don't know of any good anchorages until you get around to Prince Edward Bay. Once in there though there are plenty of places to drop the hook, or to carry on to Waupoos Marina.
You could go a bit further to Main Duck Is. if you're looking for more solitude and semi-remoteness.
In through Upper Gap there's Prinyer's Cove. There's a small marina there, and lots of moorings. Last time I was there you could still anchor
, but the balls were clogging things up pretty good.
Once in the Bay of Quinte there are lots of anchorages, but many are dependent on forecasted wind
. Picton is a nice place to hang out. You can anchor
just north in Hollowell Bay, or go right in and dock
or rent a mooring
from the PEYC.
The Murray Canal option is also good. The canal itself is kinda neat. Then once inside the Bay there are a number of marinas
and anchorages along the way to Picton. Trenton, Belleville, Napanee. I could point out a few specific anchorages along the way to Picton if you like, but they're pretty obvious.
Gonna be a great trip
Add: Here's one online resource for marinas. It has a few anchorages as well, but I think Active Captain
would be better for that.