* VIDEO * Wild Sail on Lake Ontario, Delivery to Sackets Harbour, NY.

Paul Benninger & I are delivering Black Diamond to Sackets Harbour on the US side near the St. Lawrence 24 hours away. We are leaving her there for winter service. We leave tonight at about 10pm ETA tomorrow 10pm. Sea state last night was 10 footers wind on nose, thank God, it clocked around wind on Starboad Quarter stern. Should be a nice ride.
Update: Top Surf Speed 12.9 knots! Passed Scotch Bonnet more than an hour ago. About 10 hours in.
Update: 3 hours from Main Duck, means we’ll pass Main Duck Island,  9 hours faster than the LO300 race last year with Spinnaker. We are obviously only white delivery sails today, sustained winds 30 knots, upto 10 footers.
UPDATE: Just hit 15.1 knots…Ed
UPDATE: Made it in record time, arrived 6:30pm,  21 hours, sails already taken down. Enjoyed a great dinner at Tin Pan Galley, my favorite restaurant!UPDATE: You can see our live track here.
Roller coaster ride. 14 ++ Kt. WoW.Displacement haul…. Not while Psycho Ed is captain. He is planing that sucker. – Enjoy Rob Rumble

I’m stuck in a hole (at my desk) – no wind doing 0 knots. Haven’t moved in hours. – Ric Doedens

While you are doing your warranty repairs in Sacket Harbor, maybe you want also to let them re-calibrate your instruments properly…LOL! – Ivan

Doing 1knt around a pool with a jack hammer but a nice view of the lake here on waters edge!!!! – Ken Bruce15.1 knots – that’s unbelievable !! – Fred Azouz

I know your joking Ivan, but it’s accurate. On GPS. Sustained speeds of 9-10 knots, those were surfing speeds. Record was in the Atlantic 19.5 knots surfing 25 footer in 60 knot winds. I have witnesses!  – Psycho Skipper Ed
My underwear confirmded that speed on the Ocean LOL – Craig Russell
Just hit 20 Kts on my mountain bike on a bike trail in Edmonton. Would rather be sailing. Fair seas and following winds. – Paul Thornton
Congratulations glad you guys are safe …..will miss you at pcyc saturday night!!! I’ll have a libation for you. – Ken Bruce
Glad you are safe!  – Ross Rodgers
Nice passage Ed.  Vmg is pretty good here tonight. 1 ltr of rum in 3 hrs!  – Glenn Butt
Congratulations to the Captain and crew ! Tania

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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