J. E. Fordyce

Past Commodore of the Great Lakes Cruising Club, J.E. Fordyce, with his wife Michèle, has been cruising Georgian Bay and other Great Lakes waters for more than fifteen years.

With more than two decades of racing a twenty-four foot Shark keelboat at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club on Lake Ontario and many charters in the Caribbean under their belts, J.E. and Michèle “went over to the dark side” with a thirty-six foot trawler which they berthed at Killbear Marina in the heart of Georgian Bay’s Thirty Thousand Islands for seven years. In 2007, they bought Adagio I, a forty-eight foot Kadey Krogen Whaleback trawler, with a home port at Bay Port Marina in Midland, Ontario, in the southeast corner of Georgian Bay.

Having enjoyed much pleasure in cruising their own “back yard”, the Thirty Thousand Islands of Georgian Bay, in 2012, J.E. and Michèle went cruising aboard Adagio I in Florida and the Bahamas for a couple of years, returning to the Great Lakes in 2014. In 2015, they headed down the Rideau Canal, the Ottawa River and the Saint Lawrence, taking in the Saguenay Fiord, Gaspé, Prince Edward Island, the Magdalen Islands, Cape Breton and mainland Nova Scotia, ending up storing the boat in Maine for the winter. In the summer of 2016, Adagio I returned to Georgian Bay via Long Island Sound, New York City, the Hudson River, Erie Canal and the Welland Canal. J.E. and Michèle are looking forward to returning to their “back yard”.