Main Duck Island, Lake Ontario

Did not want to waste any valuable days travelling, so off we go. Left Cobourg at 10pm, nice motor sail, by 8:30am we were just outside Main Duck Island. We are travelling in sort of a convoy of 3 boats. One boat just arrived in Cobourg, and the other was not leaving until morning, so we were a little ahead of schedule I guess. So we decided to anchor the boat and explore Main Duck Island a little.

This area is very rocky, and drops off very quick from 6 feet to 60 feet. A friend of ours scuba dives here every summer and finds a ton of boat anchors that were stuck in the rocks and abandoned. He made $500 last year selling them on e-bay. I did not want to lose my $2,000 polished stainless steal anchor. So I had a very carefully orchestrated plan.

I decided to go in with the bow very close and drop in about the 6 foot depth, and pull the boat back into deeper waters. Roxane was a little worried we were getting a little to shallow. We ended up dropping the hook in about 10 feet, and backing down on it about 50 or 60 feet.

Then we launched the dinghy and explored the island and swam on the windward side facing out into the lake.

This is also a bird sanctuary, and a national park. Queen Elizabeth also visited here on her yacht Britania. We made it back to Black Diamond a couple of hours later. The wind shifted about 90 degrees, and the boat was dangerously close to drifting towards the shallows. No problem, we boarded Black Diamond, and  off we were.

During the whole anchoring situation, we realized something was not working right with our windlass. Since we were ahead of schedule, we decided to divert our course to Sackets Harbour where there is a Jeanneau Dealer. Next leg to Sackets Harbour is about 90 nautical miles! We asked Sea Wolf the boat that just left Cobourg to meet us there, and the next day we would head to St. Vincent, and meet the 3rd boat there, “Fortune’s Favour”.

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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