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

With almost 30,000 Nautical miles of experience and 1,800+ sea days and nights on the water. (1,800 sea days is like 5 years on the water, 365 days a year!) I am an RYA Skipper and ICC International Competent Captain, currently working on my RYA Yacht Master with a Commercial endorsement for a 200 ton vessel. My qualifications include; MED A2 Emergency Safety at Sea, Helicopter Rescue, Life raft deployment and use, Offshore Rescue and Fire Fighting at Sea, etc, STCW Code A-VI/1-3, Canadian Equivalent Marine First Aid and CPR/AED. I am an Open Water Certified diver and completed various CYA & Canadian Power and Sail Squadron certifications which include Power/Sailboat handling, Seamanship Sail, Piloting/charting, CYA Coastal Navigation, GPS Navigation, Extended Offshore Cruising, VHF Radio operation license and a Toronto Harbour License. I am now providing skippered charters and yacht deliveries globally, including crew positions for offshore passages. However, my specialities are the Bahamas, US East Coast, The Great Lakes, Welland Canal, Erie Canal and the Adriatic Sea, Croatia, looking to add Greece. Feel free to contact me at [email protected]

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