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Upriver Morning
Fri Nov 5 8:56:29 EDT 2010, Upper Hudson River, NY

The view upriver, early in the morning.

Rosemary Ruth in Catskill Creek
Thu Nov 4 15:59:29 EDT 2010, Catskill, NY

The pretty schooner Rosemary Ruth at anchor in placid Catskill Creek, just off the Hudson River.

Taking Down the Masts
Wed Nov 3 18:48:33 EDT 2010, Catskill, NY

Issuma is heading for the Erie Canal, which has low bridges, so the masts need to be taken down (unstepped) for the trip.

It is a big job to take down the masts (and an even bigger one to put them back up again). The ever-helpful Hop-O-Nose marina crew in picturesque Catskill Creek did most of the work (I helped), lifting the masts with their crane and building the wooden supports to hold them aboard.

In the picture, the mainmast is sitting on the dock, and the foremast is still stepped. All the stuff on deck normally is part of the rig (ie sails), or stored in the keel well (the keel has been lifted up to reduce the draft and drag).

Thu Nov 4 9:07:24 EDT 2010 | will
am eager to hear how weather and other factors are treating you. i suppose by friday you'll be in oswego. had a blast on sunday.
Misty Morning
Wed Nov 3 14:43:09 EDT 2010, Upper Hudson River, NY

Mist rising off the water on a chilly morning.

Wed Nov 3 16:18:52 EDT 2010 | Aunt Sylvia
Nov 3 looks more like Halloween.
Well the election results are in and our WV Governor will be taking Sen. Robert Byrd's place in the US Senate. Such a shame Nancy Pelosi will have to step down from being Speaker of the House!!!! Love, Sylvia & Olga
Athens-Hudson Lighthouse
Tue Nov 2 5:53:31 EDT 2010, Upper Hudson River, NY

Saugerties Lighthouse
Tue Nov 2 4:00:00 EDT 2010, Esopus Creek and Hudson River, NY

Two Schooners
Sat Oct 30 15:08:58 EDT 2010, Kingston, NY

Issuma and Rosemary Ruth at anchor off Kingston, NY (in front of Rondout
Lighthouse). Rosemary Ruth is a beautiful Tom Colvin-designed pinky schooner, which is for sale.

Fri Oct 29 15:29:55 EDT 2010

Issuma was going up the Hudson River, and I was looking for a place with easier (land) transportation to put Rosemary Ruth, so I figured the easiest way to do that was for Issuma to tow Rosemary Ruth upriver.

To use their blognames, Tugster and Bowsprite came along for part of the trip. Tugster wrote about it here

Rondout Lighthouse
Mon Oct 25 18:54:57 EDT 2010, Kingston, NY

The pretty lighthouse at Rondout Creek and Hudson River, marking the entrance to Kingston.

Wed Oct 20 18:53:36 EDT 2010, Haverstraw Bay, NY

It seems that anytime I want to go somewhere this fall there is a gale :). So it was when we left New York City, to head up the Hudson River to Stony Point. We left in the morning, expecting the gale to start that night, figuring we had enough time to anchor during daylight if we kept the speed up (we were going with the flood current and used the motor as well as tht sails).

My friend Michael was taking his sloop to Stony Point as well, so, to ensure he could get in and dock before dark, Issuma towed him,, as you can see in the picture. The Tappan Zee Bridge is in the background.

Issuma anchored and Michael docked before dark as planned. I set two anchors, the main anchor (Raya), and used the dinghy to set the 44lb Guardian/Fortress anchor in less than 2m of water. The Raya probably would have been enough on its own, but it was set in a small 10m patch, and if it dragged a short distance, the bottom dropped off steeply, and I was concerned we might get blown into the channel, so I wanted two anchors for the gale. The anchors held with no problems, only requiring moving the rope for the Guardian/Fortress anchor every change of tide to avoid chafing on the bowsprit.

Wed Oct 20 18:56:40 EDT 2010 | Richard Hudson
Many thanks to my friend from Nyack whose contact information I do not have.

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