Saturday, September 14, 2019

Saturday, September 14, 2019


With west winds forecast, we decide to spend the day in Cobourg. A very nice day, but windy.

Friday, September 13, 2019


After a comfortable night on the hook, we decided to try and put the foresail back on. The wind was still blowing out of the Northeast, but we managed to get it up and furled.

 We departed Hungry Bay at 09:00.

Later in the day, we were able to sort out what happened withe foresail. The furling line was jamming in the furler spool, because it was not setup properly when the mast was put up.

The strong southeast winds continue on Lake Ontario, generating very lumpy conditions. We sailed westward (on the jib) through the inside passage and entered the Murray Canal at noon. Shortly after 13:00, we made our entry out into Lake Ontario. The next 4 hours were not the most comfortable with the wind and waves on our port quarter. We were quite happy when we entered Cobourg harbour shortly after 17:00.

Thursday, September 12, 2019


The winds are expected to veer to the southeast and continue in the 20 kt range. We decided that it would be more comfortable to take the inside passage via the Murray canal. We motored past Amherst Island, through Adolphus Reach and Long Reach toward Belleville. Near Belleville, we dropped anchor in Hungry Bay at 18:15 and enjoyed a nice sunset dinner.


The sunset.

The moonrise.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019


Lots of rain overnight. After a quick review of the wind forecast, we decided to head North to Kingston on a beam reach (a west wind). No regrets….. One of the better sails of the summer.

As we neared Wolfe Island, we decided to furl in the jib and discovered that we not able to do so. We soon realized that we would have to drop the sail. Dropping the foresail in a 15 to 20 kt wind is not easy. We managed to get the sail down, bundled and tied on the foredeck. We assume that something went wrong during the masting, but the cause is not clear. We drop the main and head into Kingston, arriving Confederation Basin at 18:15.

We enjoyed pizza at “Wooden Heads” in the evening.


Departing Oswego for Canada.

A nice sail.

The windmills of Wolfe Island.

We will soon close the loop that began 3 years ago.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019


Today, we put the mast back on.


Putting the stick back up.

The final touch.

Monday, September 9, 2019


We entered Lock # 1 on the Oswego Canal at 08:50. After transiting six more locks, we arrive in Oswego on Lake Ontario at 13:20. It is here that we put the mast back on.

Over the past 8 days, we transited 30 locks and visited 8 towns in upstate New York.

Along the way…….

A serious cottage.


Sunday, September 8, 2019


We departed Sylvan Beach under reasonably calm conditions at 08:00.

Lake Oneida is approximately 18 nautical miles long and the waves could present a problem when carrying a mast on deck.

Halfway across the lake, the engine starts overheating and we have to shut down. The raw water strainer checked out OK. At this point, I removed the hose and elbow from the raw water intake “through hull” and find that it is clogged with weeds. Some nylon line was also removed from the prop. After clearing the intake and reassembling the plumbing, we resume our passage across the lake.

We exited Lake Oneida at 1300 and transited one more lock (Lock # 23) before Three Rivers, where we turned North at 15:00. We are now in the Oswego Canal.

We arrived in the town of Phoenix, near the entry to Lock # 1 of the Oswego Canal at 15:30.


Crossing Lake Oneida.

Removed from prop.

A summer sky.

Saturday, September 7, 2019


We arrived at Sylvan Beach at 15:00. Sylvan Beach is located at the east end of Lake Oneida and is approximately 4 nautical miles west of lock # 22. Yes, over the past week, we have negotiated 22 locks.

We will cross Lake Oneida when the winds are calm, as we could have problems with mast on deck.


An old bridge being removed from the canal.

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