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Day 5-6 Waterford to Albany NY, Erie Canal and The Hudson River.

Travelling with two boats containing 6 children under 13, starting at the age of 4. Yes, we needing a few breaks along the way, considering all this, we have been making pretty good progress. We pretty much made it through the canals, Oswego to Watertown, to the top of the Hudson in about 6 to 7 days. I guess if you were in a real rush, it could be done in 4-5 days, but that would be no fun right!

The largest lift/drop in the world, within the shortest distance is the 3-4 locks dropping you down to Waterford, NY. This is the junction where the Erie Canal, Lake Champlain Canal and Hudson Meet. It is also where you start having to deal with tides and tidal currents. Can you believe that the top of the Hudson experiences 3-4 foot tides and a tidal current of 2 knots. These currents can either give you a lift and increase your speed over the ground, or slow you down if you are running against them.

Last lock is the Troy City Federal Lock, a little more formal, lots of commercial traffic, from here to New York City, there will be lots of Barge Traffic, keep a good watch, especially if travelling at night. The barges will display lights that will notify you if they are towing a long line, pushing or pulling. Very important, at one time at night, I almost crossed a long 1000 foot tow line. Always be careful around these guys.

Albany, NY. along the Hudson.

Albany, NY. along the Hudson.

Battleship in Albany, NY., Now a Museum.

Battleship in Albany, NY., Now a Museum.

We arrived in Albany at about 3pm, settled in, even had time to do all the laundry from the last week.

Albany Yacht club is small, only a few slips, but cute and cozy. The members are amazing and very friendly. My favourite feature was the little Tiki Bar over looking the river. It was an abandoned gazebo from one of the local parks. The members claimed it, and had a local artist beautify it. On the front of it please notice the large stuffed marlin! The drinks are free at this bar. There is a cooler – have a seat and just grab a beer and relax. At some point you might want to throw a few beers back in for some others to enjoy.

PCYC Burgee

I left our PCYC Burgee for the Dock Masters Office, as you can see its front and centre.

Amtrak Train on the Hudson.

Amtrak Train on the Hudson.

Light House on the Hudson.

Light House on the Hudson.

Check these links from our trip 5 years ago, through the same area!

Day 5 – 33 Locks through the Canals!

Day 6 – Hudson River, Waterford to Castleton

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

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