Traveling Home, Wemps Bay and Home.

Long trek home!

From Leek Island it is a 6 hours trek to Wemps Bay on Amherst Island past Kingston.

We stopped at the Kingston Yacht Club for 20 mins, re-fuel, fill water tanks, hose down cockpit, empty trash bags, buy dinghy fuel, oil. And were off.

Wemps Bay, Amherst Island.

Sun set in Wemps Bay on the west end of Amherst Island, east of Kingston, Ontario

Wemps Bay is our little secret. A very large bay enough room for dozens of boats on anchor. Large sandy beach, shallow enough that you can walk out about 300-400 meters. Soft sand on your toes the whole way out. Every time we have been here, we were the only ones here. Yes, Roxane makes bread here too.

We swam off the boat, had a nice sunset dinner. Then off to our friends boat by dinghy for cocktails.

Wemps Bay, Amherst Island, Swimming

We swam in the bay at sunset before dinner.

We woke at 5:30 am for a 6:30am departure to Cobourg.

We stopped mid afternoon a few miles offshore, and everyone of us on both boats jumped into the lake for a cool re-freshing swim. In 150 feet of depth. I did this in the ocean this spring in 5,000 feet, now that was spooky.

Kids relax on the dinghy on the fore deck during the long ride.

We arrived in Cobourg at 6:30pm, another pit stop, stretched our legs, empty garbage, Dinner out in Cobourg, ice cream and back on the boat. We departed at 9pm and hope to arrive in Toronto by 7am going through the night.

Alex enjoying some down time in the cock pit drawing on the long ride home.

There is suppose to be a storm tomorrow, and we did not want to get caught in it. Besides that I have a couple days of work on the boat unloading, cleaning and prepping for races on Tues & Wed, client cruises Thurs & Friday. What a busy schedule.

Signing off for now.

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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