Day 6 – Hudson River, Waterford to Castleton

August 26th, On the Hudson, Waterford to Castleton.


After an overnight stop in Waterford, we left with full water tanks, and fully charged batteries. We were unable to get diesel fuel in Waterford so after a few miles down the Hudson River we stopped in Troy for fuel. We continued on, through our last lock, the Troy Federal Lock.

From here on we had to start keeping track of the tides. We quickly learned that it is not worth trying to go against the tides. Fortunately, it worked out well for us this afternoon, we were traveling south, out with the tide which helped us reach 8 knots. Our normal cruising speed is about 6 knots, so if we were to go against the tide we would only travel at about 4 knots.

We made it to Castleton Marina where we met uncle Paul, on his boat, in time for lunch. We did not stay for long because we still wanted to make it to Catskill while the tide was in our favour. Catskill is a charming little town approximately one mile up a little creek off the Hudson. We found a marina called Hop O Nose which has a good reputation for (lifting) stepping masts.  We chose to make this marina home for the next few days while Ed and uncle Paul reconnected the rigging, set up the sails and all of the electrical equipment. Hop O Nose was a great stop because there was a swimming pool for the kids to enjoy while Ed rigs the boat.

P.S. For our friends at the yacht club, Uncle Paul is the boat electrician and technical guy for Spirit of Canada, he also flew down to South America when Derek ran into some trouble last time, to re-wire his whole boat. He has recently joined PCYC as a senior member with his boat April Sun.

Meeting up with April Sun, Uncle Pauls boat at Castleton Marina.

Thomas just loves his cheese bread.

West Point Military College

West Point Military College

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 [email protected]

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