Delayed 2 days at the Tappanzee Bridge.

Delayed at the Tappanzee Bridge

We picked up Paul Thornton at the airport this morning. (Paul, is Roxanne’s uncle, A Professional Marine Electrician and seasoned sailor. Paul sailed this route many times, completed Atlantic crossings, and a Pacific Crossing to Hawaii in a TransPac race, Paul is also the official technician for Spirit of Canada.) We are very fortunate to have Paul along with us for this voyage.

Black Diamond at Petersen's

Black Diamond at Petersen’s

We spent the day completing the remaining items on my to do list. We installed the Sat radio and tested all the equipment. After returning the car rental, we thought we were ready to set off. However, we realized the tide was too low and the boat was sitting near the bottom, we were told there is a 1 foot lip that we would not make it over just at the mouth of the harbour. While waiting for high tide, a large low pressure system set in, and we were now sitting in 35 knot winds, low visibility, 5 foot waves and white caps right in the Hudson river. It was decided that we would spent the night, and leave in the morning.

Mooring at Petersen's

Mooring at Petersen

DAY 4 – Delayed due to the weather.

We awoke in the morning to a down pour of rain, 30 knot winds, the weather forecast was showing the situation worsening. The Sirus Satellite weather system we have installed in the boat was reporting 60 knot winds offshore in the Ocean. We called down to Liberty Landing Marina and discovered they charge $160 per night for our size boat. We thought it best to spend one more night at Petersen’s at no charge, then run the risk of being stuck at Liberty Landing at that price. We are now planning on leaving tomorrow morning. If we have to spend a night at Liberty Landing tomorrow again due to the weather, I think the budget can sustain that.

After breakfast, we watched a nice comedy on the boat, had a great laugh with the guys. We are going to walk into town now, pick up a few more supplies, and upload this blog. 

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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