Sackets Harbor, New York State

After exploring Main Duck Island, we set out for Sackets Harbour, NY. It was about a 3 hour leisurely cruise, Roxane caught up on some sleep from the night passage the evening before.

Sea Wolf arrived at about 4:30pm, they were pretty tired from travelling all day in the heat of the day. Roxane and I wanted to enjoy a nice dinner out without the kids. Sea Wolf, was exhausted, and decided not to join us this evening. I reminded them, how he asked, aren’t you tired from travelling all night, how can you function the next day. Well as I mentioned before, travelling at night is easy, and relaxing, especially with the kids sleeping. Roxane and I both get about 4-5 hours sleep over night, and a couple hours of rest upon arrival, and then we are fresh the rest of the day. Where as travelling all day in the heat, and then arriving, all you want to do is go to sleep. – So I maintain this as an ideal way of travel especially if time is an issue. We don’t waste any valuable days travelling.

Roxane and I enjoyed ” Tin Pan Galley!” Officially our new favorite restaurant of all time – Tin Pan Galley in Sackets harbour. We ate dinner there two nights in a row, along with the couple from Sea Wolf,  Ivan & Natasha who joined us the next evening. We decided to stay another night, and since everything was superb the night before! We decided to enjoy Tin Pan Galley a second time.

I asked where the Chef was from,I was told that he was a local. I asked where he learned to cook, apparently from the guitar, trumpet, keyboard and harmonica player on stage, who is actually the head chef and the owner!

We had extra time, since we were still waiting on the 3rd boat caught in a storm in Cobourg. They could not get off the wall, the East wind was pounding and had them pinned against the wall for two nights. Their mooring line was shredded, and they had to go out and purchase new mooring lines and anti chaf protection.

Our next stop was St. Vincent where we were hoping to rendezvous with Fortune’s Favour.

 

This town was made famous from various American wars, including the war of 1812, which the American’s really don’t know the history of. They delacared war on the British loyalists, tried to take more land, but lost to what is now Canada. They were pushed back, and almost lost ground in New York State. Their local history only says, they defended their land against the enemy.

17th Century Canon made in France for the British Navy? In the US? Could it be?

We brought 8 bikes on the trip between the two boats! We are able to fit two adult bikes in the cock pit lockers, and two kids bikes on the rail.

Pit Stop at the Icre Cream Shop !

The Vulicevic & The Radonic Family at Sackets Harbor.

The next morning we buddy sailed to Cape Vincent! We sailed the whole way, all sails flying, was an amazing afternoon, arrived in 4 hours. There we had dinner at Captain Jack’s, don’t recommend it. Then our other friends arrived, Paul & Sandra Benninger on Fortune’s Favour. We are now travelling with three boat’s

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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