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Sun May 22 9:33:36 EDT 2011, Clayton, NY

Clayton is a picturesque village in the Thousand Islands.

Sun May 22 11:13:46 EDT 2011 | Terry
richard .... your not going going thru the canel to new york ?
Mon May 23 6:44:08 EDT 2011 | Richard Hudson
Hi Terry, yes, we are headed down the St Lawrence seaway, not the Erie Canal.
Wolfe Island
Tue May 17 20:30:00 EDT 2011

Sailing overnight from Sodus Bay to Cape Vincent, we saw many bright red flashing lights from many miles away that were not on my charts (which are a few years out of date). Someone had mentioned earlier that there was a wind generator farm on Wolfe Island, which was quite noticeable from Cape Vincent, so we figured that was probably what it was. As dawn broke, it became clear they were wind generators. Jordan took this picture of Wolfe Island from Cape Vincent a few evenings later.

We spent several days in Cape Vincent, NY, which is a pleasant, boater-friendly place. At first we were finishing up some work on the boat, then there were several days of strong headwinds that were better spent in port.

Thu May 19 22:33:12 EDT 2011 | Don P
Beautiful photo. Keep up the good work.
Fri May 20 21:33:56 EDT 2011 | will vandorp
wolfe island wind turbines . . brought to you by . . . BP!! i was up there last july.
Thousand Islands
Tue May 10 10:17:03 EDT 2011

Lighthouse at the western end of the scenic Thousand Islands area (Lake Ontario/St Lawrence River).

Tue May 10 15:03:08 EDT 2011 | yann
what's your ETA for "blue cheese"?
Sun May 15 12:03:22 EDT 2011 | george ray
?blue cheese?
Wed May 18 0:56:47 EDT 2011 | Victor
Blue Cheese only in Quebec City at the Citadel.
Wed May 4 19:07:23 EDT 2011, Lake Ontario

Though the bird in the picture looks like he's surveying the whole operation, he really just came aboard to rest while we sailed across Lake Ontario on a rainy day to Rochester, NY.

Thu May 5 6:59:46 EDT 2011 | Steve
It was great to see you in Toronto. BTW, the weather today is excellent (God knows how long it's gonna last). Hope to see you soon enough!
Thu May 5 8:07:12 EDT 2011 | Richard Hudson
Thanks, Steve, great to see you as well.

After a couple of days of traveling in the rain, we are now anchored in Great Sodus Bay, enjoying the sunshine :).
Thu May 5 19:17:39 EDT 2011 | Amos
Glad you made it across in good order. Welcome to New York!! Are you heading up the Seaway directly?

Fri May 6 7:00:28 EDT 2011 | Mary Ellen Derry
So exciting to see the boat in Sodus Bay again! Where are you headed?
Fri May 6 7:19:57 EDT 2011 | Richard Hudson
Thanks, Amos and Mary Ellen. Its nice to be back in Sodus Bay.

We're planning to be around for a few days doing some work on the boat, then heading out the St Lawrence.
Sun May 8 20:14:44 EDT 2011 | Ron Ouwehand
Hello Richard, good to see you are on the move. I'm planning to leave this Thursday going down the river as well. Heck, if you slow down enough maybe we will meet. Take Care,

Ron O.
Alarm Clock
Tue May 3 18:48:45 EDT 2011, Toronto, Canada

The bird in the picture seemed to feel it was his duty to make enough noise landing and walking about to serve as a reliable alarm clock each morning. Now that we've left Toronto (are in Rochester), I'll need to find another alarm clock :).

Wed May 4 7:54:34 EDT 2011 | Magda
Richard, so you made it in fine? Was the info I sent you correct?
Thu May 5 7:09:24 EDT 2011 | George Ray
Curious about the spool of lite chain. Seems to lite for normal anchor chain but guessing it is chafe resistant mooring line ??
Thu May 5 8:05:33 EDT 2011 | Richard Hudson
Magda, yes, we made it in fine, thanks for your help.

George, the spool with chain showing is 100m of 22mm (7/8") polyester rope with about 15m of 3/8" chain. The rope is for use as a shore line, a drogue line and an anchor line for a Fortress anchor that is kept on deck. The chain was sized for the Fortress anchor (which was sized as something manageable to set and retrieve from a dinghy). So the chain gets used for chafe resistance on a shore line, and as a secondary anchor line.
Sun Apr 17 9:29:38 EDT 2011, Toronto, Canada

Too windy (there is a gale) today for a daysail, so here is a picture from a couple of weeks ago.

A Different Sail on a Different Boat
Sat Apr 16 9:54:03 EDT 2011

In a comment to an earlier post, my friend Bonnie noted that as she was blogging about the fate of New York's South Street Seaport Museum, she was reminded of a pleasant sail there on a nice December day on my pinky schooner, Rosemary Ruth (which is still for sale ) a while back. Bonnie's story about the sail is here.

Tue Apr 19 22:26:00 EDT 2011 | George Conk
Reminds me of the cold early spring day in 2007 when Bonnie was aboard and you took Rosemary Ruth out for a spin on a blustery day.
Wed Apr 20 8:09:25 EDT 2011 | Richard Hudson
Had a lot of fun sails on that boat. Thanks for posting the link to the pictures, George.
Starboard Tack
Tue Apr 5 8:36:42 EDT 2011, Toronto, Canada

Sailing downwind in light air. After the bowsprit changes, with the two headsails almost side by side, the sails are well-separated all the way.

Fri Apr 15 15:55:19 EDT 2011 | AMos
Nice job, Richard. The weld is probably stronger than the original bolt-on, I guess, and the bob-0stay is gone from harm's way!

Port Tack
Tue Apr 5 8:33:37 EDT 2011, Toronto, Canada

After the bowsprit changes, on port tack, the two headsails touch at the bottom, but are separated farther up.

I have not yet moved the yankee jib sheet lead aft, but probably will have to. The yankee jib can now chafe on the lower spreader tip, so I will be padding that soon.

Moving Away From The Bowsprit
Mon Apr 4 22:38:50 EDT 2011, Toronto, Canada

This is what was done on the bowsprit to move the outer jib inboard so that the bobstay (wire connecting end of bowsprit to hull that takes a beating when pushing through ice) could be discarded. A new tab was welded on for the yankee jib (outermost sail) to attach to, the yankee jib stay and furler were shortened 23cm/10". The inner jib was moved back a bit and to the side a bit. The bowsprit was welded all round to the hull, to handle twisting loads when only one headsail is set. In the picture, Joe is welding the side of the bowsprit to the hull (they were only bolted before)

The two roller furling headsails were moved to be pretty much side-by-side, with the anchor between them.

All the tests done so far have gone well, there is no problem tacking, the boat seems to sail fine with the yankee jib in its new position.

The next step is to cut off the parts of the bowsprit that are no longer needed to save the weight up forward.

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