Oakville Memories: Old & New
Doug Hines & Bob McKay, Courtesy of the "Strokers Club"
Doug Hines & Bob McKay, Courtesy of the "Strokers Club" Details
Sailboats on Lake Ontario. Courtesy of the Town of Oakville
Sailboats on Lake Ontario. Courtesy of the Town of Oakville Details
Oakville Harbor. Courtesy of the Town of Oakville
Oakville Harbor. Courtesy of the Town of Oakville Details
The harbourmaster (1990s)

Some of the major attractions offered by Oakville were Lake Ontario, easy access to major sports, a place to sail and all the attractions of the Big City without all of the inconveniences. At age 37 – broke after 4 years of ophthalmology residency – I had gone from Halifax to Victoria, but Oakville was the place. In short order I purchased a made in Oakville Albicore. I promptly turtled it in the mouth of the Sixteen Mile Creek, much to the amusement of the locals.


I soon graduated to a Mirage 24, a great little sail boat. Spring launch and fall haul-out were annual rituals. Your name appeared on a list and you could be there for hours on your day! By this time I was pretty busy, so I asked the harbourmaster if it was possible to take my boat out first so that I wouldn’t have to cancel appointments of people who had waited weeks to get one. He agreed, so on appointment day at 7:30am I was there dressed in my dirty coveralls, rubber boots, blue jays ball cap – blending in with all the haul-out crew all standing in a bunch around the harbourmaster.


The crane operator arrived and started her up. The harbourmaster, a tall man, boomed, “now where is that little bast---?” I nudged him and replied “you never know where that ‘little bast---‘ is going to show up!” Until he retired, I never had a problem with launch or haul out – I just told him it was the “little bast---“ calling!



By Doug Hines

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