We arrived in Oswego on May 7th and had our mast put up at the Oswego Marina along with two other sailboats. The wind yesterday was gusting to 30 knots so we stayed on the wall in Fulton because it's not fun to lock through in high winds. A gale watch was in effect for Friday-Saturday with winds gusting to 55 knots and 8-10' waves on Lake Ontario. We motored back to Sodus Bay and arrived safely back at Katlynn Marine at 5:00 just 5 hours before the predicted storm hit. Praise God for another safe return home to our fresh water cruising grounds.
Last night we spent our last night with our buddy boat, Mystic, at the free docks in
Waterford. They bought the 10-day Erie Canal Pass and are going to slow down and enjoy themselves! We left this morning at 7:00 to start the Erie Canal. This is the first lock, but it's number is 2 as the Troy Lock used to be number 1 but is now a Federal Lock. We encountered great weather all day except for a downpour near Amsterdam. We locked thru 11 locks and went 50 miles. Ranger is exhausted.....
Ronnie and Dawn met us Sunday at Catskill Creek. They brought all of our wood for our mast which is being taken down at Hop O Nose Marina tomorrow morning at 8:00. We shared dinner together and then we hung out at the dock and enjoyed the 90 degree weather. What a treat!
It took us 31 hours to motor-sail down the Delaware, out past Jersey all night, and then up the Hudson to the Nyack Yacht Club where we anchored. Everything worked out right....the wind blew 15-18 knots off the beam, there was a beautiful full moon, the ocean was flat and when we entered NYC the current was with us! We were pretty tired however, and went to bed at 7:00. This is a photo of the George Washington Bridge and the Little Red Lighthouse.
Walt and I have been avid sailors for 38 years. Our retirement dream was to sail to Florida and the Bahamas for the winter months which we did for the first time last year, 2007-2008. We decided that we loved the cruising life
and four days after our return to Lake Ontario we traded our Catalina 320, Eagle's Wings, in for a Catalina 42 which we named Waves of Grace. We hope to continue to cruise in the Florida Keys, Gulf of Mexico, and the Bahamas for many years to come