Two on Arapesh

19 July 2016 | Westport, NY
19 July 2016 | Fort Edward, NY
19 July 2016 | Fort Edward, NY
19 July 2016 | Whitehall, NY
14 July 2016 | Hyde Park, Hudson River, NY
14 July 2016 | Hyde Park, Hudson River, NY
14 July 2016 | Hyde Park, Hudson River, NY
14 July 2016 | Hyde Park, Hudson River, NY
14 July 2016 | Hyde Park, Hudson River, NY
14 July 2016 | Hyde Park, Hudson River, NY
14 July 2016 | Hyde Park, Hudson River, NY
14 July 2016 | Hyde Park, Hudson River, NY
14 July 2016 | Hyde Park, Hudson River, NY

Thank you to our friends - old and new - and family.

26 July 2016 | Mooney Bay, NY
We will be meeting my family in Burlington on Thursday then by Friday, July 22nd, should be back at our home port of Mooney Bay. Can't believe our adventure is coming to a close. And, can't believe we put 4,050 nautical miles under our keel (and our belts!!). We can exhale now, and show gratitude to everyone who helped make this year possible - and safe - including our blog followers.

Arapesh standing by on 16!

P.S. And a special thank you to Barry Mademann for this poem:

Some ships sail east,
some ships sail west,
while the self same breezes blow.

Tis' the set of the sail,
and not the gale,
that bids them where they go.

WELCOME HOME KENNELLS

Welcome back to Lake Champlain!

19 July 2016 | Westport, NY
The 11 locks of the Champlain Canal, that link the Hudson River to Lake Champlain, raise us 139 feet above sea level then lower us back down to Lake Champlain's 93 feet above sea level (the last four locks are lowering us down). Between the wind gusts and the currents from water being pumped into or out of the lock it wasn't always easy to manage the lines to keep Arapesh from banging against the wall, or worse, banging our mast or furling drum against the wall (we really missed having Denis on board with us!). I was relieved to get through that last lock at Whitehall unscathed, only to be greeted with increasing winds and weather alerts about even higher winds, thunderstorms and hail! Once anchored outside of Westport we watched on the radar the rather severe storms pass both north and south of us - we were lucky to have missed some bad weather! Immediately, we - Nicole and Richard and us - noted the lack of tide and ocean swells! Can't say I miss them; we were able to travel fast too, sometimes over 8 knots under motor with the wind directly behind us and stay flat the whole time (imagine what we could have done with sails up)! And, we swam in the most beautiful water, washed our hair, and didn't worry about sharks or salt! We have much to be thankful here.

We thought Fort Edward was quiet until we got to Whitehall.

19 July 2016 | Whitehall, NY
As Nicole on Coeur de lion said, Whitehall has become a ghost town with even less open than when we came down through here last September. It is a shame because there are many architectural gems in a beautiful natural setting.

This slate-roofed barn is for sale!

19 July 2016 | Fort Edward, NY
I think the seller might be willing to dicker on the price of this barn that is slowly making its way into the Champlain Canal.

All three stops in the Champlain Canal, Waterford, Fort Edward and Whitehall offered free dockage that came with electricity and water at no extra cost, or in one case for $10!

Meeting a tug and barge in the already narrow Champlain Canal is to be avoided.

19 July 2016 | Waterford, NY
Thankfully, the lockmaster suggested that we pull off to the side of a lock before continuing north to wait for the barge and tug to get by. This is always tricky where water depths sometimes got as low as 9’.

A store sign at Fort Edward, NY

19 July 2016 | Fort Edward, NY
Vessel Name: Arapesh
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau 411
Hailing Port: Montreal
Crew: Bob and Liz Kennell
About:
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We’re Going Sailing! -- was the title to Bernadette and Douglas Bernon’s first Log of Ithaka. It was their monthly stories, first published in Cruising World magazine beginning in 2000 that inspired us to explore further. Their informative and colourful accounts of their journey can be found [...]
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