Day 2 – Oswego Canal to Lake Onieda

August 22nd, Oswego to Lake Onieda NY

After our morning coffee Roxane cooked us a nice breakfast of bacon and eggs, we set out to the town dock. There we hooked up to shore power and charged our batteries for an hour or so, because the Oswego’s Yacht club does not provide power or water for visitors. We walked to the local bakery and stocked up fresh bread, while I took advantage of the free Wi-Fi to send out the last e-mail. A short stroll down the waterfront back to the boat and we were off to the first lock by noon.

We hoisted the US courtesy flag once we cleared customs.

We hoisted the US courtesy flag once we cleared customs.

Today we motored through the locks until about 9:30PM. We completed a total of 9 locks, and made it to the mouth of Lake Oneida. We never really got off the boat today, we had lunch on the boat, and even fired up the BBQ for dinner, while underway. We sat in the cockpit, eating dinner, while the boat motored along at 6 knots up river, in auto pilot mode. I was able to make subtle adjustments to the course with the wireless remote control while still enjoying my pork chop, rice and salad.

Enjoying a BBQ, while under auto pilot and wireless remote.

Enjoying a BBQ, while under auto pilot and wireless remote.

The kids noticed an ice cream shop on shore in Phoenix, NY. This quaint little town is on the water right by lock number 1. If you ever come this way you must stop here and visit the “Bridge House Brats”. This is a little group on entrepreneurial kids ages 8 to 13, they have a little clubhouse at the base of an old light house, called the “Brat Shack”. Essentially, they run errands, and service the boaters that stop here. They took the trash from the boat, and would even clean the boat if requested. If you need anything from town, such as groceries, or if you want to order food from local restaurants, they will take care of it for you. They call in the orders for you, they then race over on their bikes to pick it up. They even have picnic tables on a patio, on the water, to eat at. It’s really cute to see these little ones placing orders to the restaurants and serving all their customers. We had them fetch us some ice cream and ice for the boat, while we enjoyed the boating museum in the upper levels of the lighthouse. For more info on the “Brats” Check this site out.

Lov'n that cone!!!

Alex is Loving that Cone!!!

Thomas now wrote his own business plan for how he might be the PCYC Brat, club members could call him on the VHF radio, and he would fetch them a cart, take their garbage to the bins, or pick up their orders in the chartroom and deliver it right to their slips. He can’t wait to ask Commodore Robin Ball if this sort of thing will be cool with him! I said, maybe if you give the Commodore a piece of the action, then there should be no problems.

Bridge House Brats stop in Phoenix, NY.

Bridge House Brats stop in Phoenix, NY.

The Bridge House Brat's Club House, Thomas got right into it!

The Bridge House Brat

We are spending the night at the last lock before Oneida lake. The lake is 23 miles long and will take us about 3.5 hours to navigate to the other side. There we hope to spend a few hours at the amusement park and at the beach before continuing on. We are on a tight schedule until Catskills NY, once we get the mast up with Uncle Paul, we can slow the pace down a little. I was also told that the Hudson river is a lot more interesting, although, we are enjoying the beautiful scenery so far. The Oswego/Oneida river reminds us of the cottage country of the Trent-Severn Waterway in Ontario.


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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