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The Skipper

Skipper Ed Radonic

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Skipper Ed & Derek Hatfield aboard Spirit of Canada an Open 60. Derek is a veteran around the world alone sailor.

Black Diamond is a Jeanneau 39i Performance sailboat. My wife Roxane and I have 2 wonderful boys, Alexander and Thomas, now 13 and 17 years old. Much of this blog was created on our first trip south when they were just 4 and 8 years old. I am currently working on updating it, with content from the last 3 years cruising with them and other guests aboard Black Diamond in the Bahamas. We have been boating ever since we were dating which is now 26 years ago and our boys were basically born on a boat. They know no other life, other than boating and cottaging in the summer months. In 2008 we decided to extend our season by heading south with Black Diamond. Our final destination the Bahamas and perhaps a little further. We are doing it again now in 2013/14/15/16/17/18

I have been boating for 28 years, at the age of 47, this is more than half of my life time. Starting out with a number of smaller power boats, then switching to sail over 10 years ago. I have sailed various boats from wind surfers, dinghies (lasers), trailer sailors, keel boats from 26 to 45 foot yachts.

I live in the area of Toronto Canada on Lake Ontario. I have been racing yachts for the past 12 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 6 times finishing the Susan Hood, a 75 mile over night race, 6 times entered in the Lake Ontario 300 the world’s longest fresh water race, a 308 nautical mile race around the perimeter of Lake Ontario. My crew and I on Black Diamond finished in under 2 days. Our best placing was 3rd in division, and 12th overall in PHRF for the entire LO300 fleet of almost 200 boats.

Multiple, deliveries of yachts back up to Canada from the Bahamas and the Caribbean, we entered in a few interesting races along the way, 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. We have raced in this regatta twice now, and came second both times. Most recently, second by only 6 seconds. 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 multiple deliveries of yachts from the BVI’s and the Bahamas to New York City. These deliveries are  non-stop, thousands of miles. We crossed parts of the Bermuda Triangle, rounded Cape Hatteras, sailed in Hurricanes and during most of the deliveries were over 200 to 300 miles offshore, once over 600 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. In 2008/09 my family and I added another 500 miles of sailing throughout much of the Bahamas. Spending months 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.

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.

2013/14/15 We again brought Black Diamond south to the Bahamas. Non-Stop from NYC to Georgetown Exuma, in 7 days. We have spent these 2 years sailing most of the Bahamas, Abacos, Exuma, Nassau, Eleuthera, Long Island, Little San Salvador

2016 Sailed Black Diamond back up to New York and Back to the Bahamas once again.

2016 We are entered in the Miami to Nassau Race, and will be cruising the Bahamas once again.

2017 We will be sailing offshore back up to the New York / New England Area, and offering charters there.

With over 25,000 Nautical miles of experience and 1,500 sea days and nights on the water. We are now providing skippered charters and yacht deliveries, including crew positions for offshore passages.

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. Recently completed the CYA Coastal Navigation certification, and working on my instructor certification. 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 ed@sailboatcruise.ca

Enjoying a sunset during the LO300.

Enjoying a sunset during the LO300.

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