Sapphire Sailing Adventures

Vessel Name: Sapphire
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 41
Hailing Port: Rochester, NY
Crew: Moby & Caroline Burton
12 June 2015 | Jen, Pierre and their dog Jasmine doing the Great Loop by canoe!
11 June 2015 | Caroline pushing off the walls of Lock 17 with an 8 foot 2x3
10 June 2015 | Mast de-stepped and ready to go
09 June 2015 | Hoponos, Catskill Creek, Phil and Moby putting mast supports in place
07 June 2015 | Heading up the Hudson
06 June 2015 | NYC Central Park
06 June 2015 | The Freedom Tower, NYC, built on the site of the twin towers
05 June 2015 | Meeting up with Nick in NYC
04 June 2015 | Moby tightening the leech line on our staysail en route from Cape May to Sandy Hook, NJ
03 June 2015 | Leaving C&D Canal in the fog
02 June 2015 | Jenna and her Dad en route up Delaware Bay
01 June 2015 | Jenna, sailing through the C&D Canal
01 June 2015 | Corn Hole Court
01 June 2015 | side deck of the pool
01 June 2015 | Nick giving Tyler a trim next to Bubba's backyard pool
01 June 2015 | Nick, Bubba, Missy, Caroline, Moby and Tyler in a family selfie
25 May 2015 | Aunt Eleanor & my cousin Dave, sailing out of Gibson Island
22 May 2015 | Kim and Hank, Island Creek
21 May 2015 | Chesapeake Bay frostbite sailing
20 May 2015 | Reedville, off Great Wicomico River
Recent Blog Posts
12 June 2015 | Jen, Pierre and their dog Jasmine doing the Great Loop by canoe!

“The Great Loop”

Imagine doing “the Great Loop”down the Mississippi, to the Gulf of Mexico… to the West coast of Florida, around Key West. North up the Keys to the intercoastal; up to the Atlantic Coast and the intercoastal to NYC and up the Hudson to the Great Lakes…..BY CANOE!

11 June 2015 | Caroline pushing off the walls of Lock 17 with an 8 foot 2x3

“Going through the Locks”

To even get into the locks, you are dodging floating logs, small trees, dead fish. Then, once in, the water comes shooting into the canal lock as powerful gates close behind you. Hook your pole onto one of the hanging ropes at the bow and another at the stern and hang on for the ride. The idea is [...]

10 June 2015 | Mast de-stepped and ready to go

“Moby Goes Bionic”

Before we could set off on our next adventure, we needed to de-step the mast. In preparation, Moby and I had already removed the boom and removed and folded up our mainsail and jib, which is no trivial exercise.

09 June 2015 | Hoponos, Catskill Creek, Phil and Moby putting mast supports in place

“Phil Saves the Day”

Phil saved the day. We decided that we really needed a third pair of hands to make it through the 30 locks of the Erie Canal system. When Moby broached the subject with Phil Dery and told him it would probably require a week of his time, Phil’s immediate response was “Sure! I can do that. Sounds [...]

07 June 2015 | Heading up the Hudson

Sailing past Lady Liberty

Starting on the home stretch.

06 June 2015 | NYC Central Park

A Walk in the Park

Central Park much prettier than I'd imagined

“The Great Loop”

12 June 2015 | Jen, Pierre and their dog Jasmine doing the Great Loop by canoe!
Caroline
Imagine doing “the Great Loop”down the Mississippi, to the Gulf of Mexico… to the West coast of Florida, around Key West. North up the Keys to the intercoastal; up to the Atlantic Coast and the intercoastal to NYC and up the Hudson to the Great Lakes…..BY CANOE!
We spotted the couple canoeing with their dog as they followed us into Lock 17 with its 41’ lift.
“The Lockmasters are not really going to allow them to go through the lock, are they? How could it possibly be safe?? The couple had been maintaining an incredible pace, practically keeping up with Sapphire!
Turns out Jennifer, Pierre and their dog Jasmine, are taking a three year adventure to Canoe the Great Loop. They have already been living out of their canoe for a year. They sold their home and their sailboat and now store their tent, cookware and few belongings in the compartment between them in the canoe! You can follow their adventures on Wild Raven Adventures .com.

“Going through the Locks”

11 June 2015 | Caroline pushing off the walls of Lock 17 with an 8 foot 2x3
Caroline
To even get into the locks, you are dodging floating logs, small trees, dead fish. Then, once in, the water comes shooting into the canal lock as powerful gates close behind you. Hook your pole onto one of the hanging ropes at the bow and another at the stern and hang on for the ride. The idea is to stay attached to, but at a safe distance from the walls of the lock. Homemade fenderboard is down for protection between our fenders and the lock walls
Because the mast, when horizontal, extends about 10’ over the bow and over the stern, to keep from damaging the mast, you need to push off the slimy wall with an extended pole or an 8 foot 2x3. With the strong current of rushing water, it can require a lot of strength to keep the boat from slamming against the wall.

“The original Erie Canal took seven years to build, back in 1835 and cut through 363 miles of wilderness,” according to our waterway charts. “Including 83 lock and a rise of 568 feel from the Hudson River to Lake Erie. In the ‘Waterford Flight’ , boats are lifted and lowered the greatest height in the shortest distance of any canal in the world.”
We managed to complete that Waterford Flight and six additional locks today for an aerobic total of 11 locks, and 50 miles, winding our way through the curves of the Mohawk River. No wonder that Phil is over there sound asleep with his book open on his lap.

“Moby Goes Bionic”

10 June 2015 | Mast de-stepped and ready to go
Caroline
Before we could set off on our next adventure, we needed to de-step the mast. In preparation, Moby and I had already removed the boom and removed and folded up our mainsail and jib, which is no trivial exercise.
By 5 AM, Moby was going full steam at a bionic pace – assembling and drilling the mast supports (which would carry the weight of the 60’, 800 pound mast, once it was horizontal); removing shrouds, unhooking al the electrical wiring inside the mast and a million etceteras.
Phil and I removed the dodger and the bimini, took off all the gunky tape that had melted the mast boot into place, and tried to figure out other ways to be helpful.
At the appointed hour, we finally headed over to Hoponos in Catskill Creek to have our mast pulled only to find that another boat had jumped in ahead of us. Problem was, their turning block wasn’t budging so the young couple had set off for a hardware store to pick up some PB Blaster to loosen things up. That caused a little 3 hour delay by the time it was all freed up and the mast was down. I felt badly for Moby as he really had moved mountains to make sure that everything went off without a hitch.
We encountered a few snags of our own, but the job was finally complete, all our shrouds tied up and wrapped with plastic straps around the mast. We were finally on our way.

“Phil Saves the Day”

09 June 2015 | Hoponos, Catskill Creek, Phil and Moby putting mast supports in place
Caroline
Phil saved the day. We decided that we really needed a third pair of hands to make it through the 30 locks of the Erie Canal system. When Moby broached the subject with Phil Dery and told him it would probably require a week of his time, Phil’s immediate response was “Sure! I can do that. Sounds like fun!”
We had to rent a car and drive home to Rochester anyway, to pick up the mast supports that Moby had built. So we picked up our friend Phil, at the same time. His wife, Jenny, was in the driveway, literally jumping up and down for joy, when we took Phil off with us.
Phil is a very entertaining guy. He could easily pass for 15 years younger than he is, and is so personable that he is a magnet to people of all ages. Even my 30 year old sons love hanging out with Phil.
As we piled into the car, Phil was all excited and couldn’t wait to tell us about the two new sales jobs he’d just taken on. One is for Klein Steel, mentoring and openings doors to some of the younger members of the sales force. The other is also in sales consulting. Phil writes his own ticket, which is pretty impressive for a 77 year old.

Sailing past Lady Liberty

07 June 2015 | Heading up the Hudson
Caroline
Starting on the home stretch.

A Walk in the Park

06 June 2015 | NYC Central Park
Caroline
Central Park much prettier than I'd imagined
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