Day 3 – Lake Oneida to Utica, NY

Saturday August 23rd, Lake Oneida to Utica NY

Pudge loves the beach!

Pudge loves the beach!

Departing at 7AM this morning, we made it across Lake Oneida by 10AM. We tied up at the Sylvana Beach Town Docks, and headed down to the beach. Thomas and Alexander enjoyed going for a swim and building sand castles. Thomas was fascinated by a man with a metal detector strolling the beach, he could not leave him alone, asking all sorts of questions, and obsessed with the possibilities of buried lost treasures. After a few hours relaxing on the beach we headed to a nice restaurant on the docks edge. After lunch we spent an hour at the amusement park. We enjoyed a few rides, including a roller coaster and the bumper cars. Sylvana Beach is very similar to Wasaga beach.



Their favorite ride!

Their favorite ride!



Can't go without a Roller Coaster!


We left the dock at about 4PM, very heavy traffic in the channel made it difficult to leave the town dock. So I remember from my CPS courses, 3 loud blasts of the air horn would notify traffic of a boat entering a channel. I blasted the air horn, and just about gave half a dozen people a heart attack. But it work, just about all the channel traffic stopped dead in their tracks, and we successfully left the dock!



Navigating in the evening on Mohawk River.

Navigating in the evening on Mohawk River.

Five hours later we arrived at lock 20, which is about the 12th or 13th lock that we completed, 20 more to go to the Hudson River. However, this evening did not go without complication. Nothing serious, but at about 8:30PM, it got very dark in the channel, and it made it difficult to navigate. Roxane noticed a log in the middle of the channel, so I veered hard to port. Unfortunately I choose the wrong side, the log was actually a large sunken tree blocking half of the channel, and the boat came to slow stop. The tree blocked the keel from moving forward. I then put the boat into reverse, and we were not moving at all. We were stuck in the middle of the channel, and it was getting pretty dark. Oh well, I guess we would spend the night here, and in the morning find someone to tow us out. We thought we would try to rev in high speed in reverse, still nothing, then Roxane and I shifted our weight together backwards and forwards, and within 1 minute of doing so, with the boat in hard reverse, Black Diamond was free from the tree.

We made it to the next lock within 15 minutes. Roxane stood on the bow and lit the way with our 3 million candle spotlight. Once we arrived we notified the lock master about the tree at buoy marker 595. We thought it would be a good idea to spend the night at this lock and not try to go any further this evening.

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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