New York City to Toronto here we go…

I arrived Saturday May 16th, in the evening, just enough time to have a nice dinner in Nyack, I love this town. Maybe its just because I have been here so many times now, it feels almost like home. The restaurants are great, and the people are friendly. It has the old US homey town feeling. The boat was waiting for me in the water at the dock. Peterson’s Boat yard, hauled the boat, painted the bottom, and tuned up the motor amoung other service items.

Vintage Replica to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Hudson River in 2009.

Vintage Replica to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Hudson River. (c) 2009.

The next morning, I completely cleaned the boat inside and out and was on my way to Haverstraw. I had a wonderful sail tacking up the river on jib alone. Nice tunes on the XM radio, cold drink in hand, 20 knot breeze, sailing 6.7 knots topped out at 7.5 on jib only. That’s speed over the ground, I may have been with the tidal current. But I did’nt care, I was going to be on time for Dinner with friends in Haverstraw.

Mary & Julie in the cock pit on a beautiful afternoon just arriving in Catskills, NY

Mary & Julie in the cock pit on a beautiful afternoon just arriving in Catskills, NY

The next morning a couple of friends joined me, Mary Zuidema and her friend Julie Brandt from a Church I attended down here in New Jersey. They will accompany me to Catskills, NY, where we will take the mast down.

Safely tied up to the docks in Catskills, NY.

Safely tied up to the docks in Catskills, NY.

We landed at the town dock in Highburgh, NY. it’s still off season, so no charge. We went for a little stroll on the board walk, had dinner at a beautiful restaurant in view of the boat on the patio. Went back to the boat, and watched a nice movie, then we turned into bed early. Don’t worry we all had separate cabins, no kinky stuff going on here.

s/v Black Diamond

I have been boating for over 25 years, at the age of 43, this is more than half of my life time. Starting out with a number of smaller power boats, then switching to sail about 8 years ago. I have sailed various boats from wind surfers, dinghies (lasers), keel boats from 26 to 45 foot yachts. I live in the area of Toronto Canada and sail mostly on Lake Ontario. I have been racing yachts for the past 7 years. I have also entered many long distance races such as the Fort Lauderdale to Charleston, completed in 2 days 8 hours, we received 4th place in division, 8 minutes in PHRF behind a 3rd place trophy. Then 4 times finishing the Susan Hood, a 75 mile over night race, 4 times entered in the Lake Ontario 300 the worlds longest fresh water race, a 308 knotical mile race around the perimeter of Lake Ontario. My crew and I on Black Diamond finished in 2 days 12 hours in 2009. In 2009, delivering the boat back up to Canada from the Bahamas we entered in a couple of interesting races, one from Fort Lauderdale to Charleston described as a sled ride up the gulf stream, the Charleston race week regatta series and the New Year's Day Staniel Cay Regatta in the Exumas, Bahamas. This race we came in 2nd over entire fleet, only lost by 3 minutes in a 2 hour race to a 47 footer. This was a boat for boat race, no PHRF scoring. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So cast off the bowline, Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain Blue water experience include yacht deliveries from the Abacos, Bahamas to Charleston South Carolina 2006. This delivery was a non-stop, 3 and half days, total of 500 miles. We crossed parts of the Bermuda Triangle, and during most of the delivery were over 200 miles offshore. The delivery of Black Diamond a 40 foot Jeanneau racer/cruiser has been delivered to New York City and then offshore to Florida and the Bahamas from Toronto, Canada. This delivery from NYC to Florida was completed 100 miles offshore, for a distance of over a 1000 miles non-stop to Jacksonville, Florida. Completed in what might be a cruisers record of 5 days 3 hours non-stop offshore. This fall my family and I added another 500 miles of sailing throughout much of the Bahamas. Spending 6 weeks aboard Black Diamond sailing the Abacos, Nassau and the Exumas. I then sailed the boat back to New York, completely offshore, entered a few races along the way, and back to Toronto through the Hudson River and Erie Canal. During the 2009 season, we sailed Black Diamond off the dock 148 different days out of 365, winning the Vacant Dock award the second year in a row. Most recently, 2011, completed the delivery of friends boat Tracey & Nilson Ruiz, from Tortoal, BVI to New York. Tortola to Georgetown Bahamas in 5 days non-stop. Last leg from Charleston to New York over the momorial day long week-end non-stop Friday to Monday in 4 days. All completed safe and sound without incedent. Need any deliveries let me know. I am also an Open Water Certified diver and an active member of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron, certifications included Power/Sail boat handling, Seamanship Sail, Piloting/charting, GPS Navigation, Extended Offshore Cruising and a VHF Radio operation license. I hope to further my education, qualifications and experience in long distance cruising and racing. One of my goals is to obtain a commercial Captains License. Feel free to contact me at er@radonicrodgers.com

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  1. patricia says:

    Hey Ed, Can’t wait til you get back to Port Credit! I have new boat shoes and ready to go out for a sail!

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