Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Jill came to visit and some of her college friends (Chelsie to the left) Jody to the right) that share an apartment up in Brockport. Chelsie came for dinner and Jody spent the weekend.
This weekend we decided to take a trip up north to Long Point State Park. The weather and wind on the way up was fantastic and we made it in about 7 hours. Our average speed was 6.5.. needless to say our Northstar GPS was not working properly because of some new SAT the government put in the sky, so we are waiting for them to send us an upgrade to install to fix the problem. Once there we could not get a dock space because there were three large boats on the end dock and thats the only place for large sailboats like ours. We went in the bay and dropped anchor but it gets so weedy in there that it only took about five minutes before we started to move. Pulled the anchor and man did it have weeds on it. Jon said we would try one more time and at least we could get the dink ready and bring the dogs in for a potty. Jill and I made the trip to land and the other sailor's from Henderson yacht club which were on the end said they would help us maneuver the boat behind them on the end dock which had about 25 ft of space. They were really nice guys and docking went fine(Thanks again guys) .
We meet up with S/V Otium on the way home on the lee side of Stoney Island and as we set anchor we got to see a huge snake swimming just in front of us, I thought " i would not want to have met up with him while taking a dip of the side of the boat". Otiums owners Jeff and Cathy brought Dick and Ann with them. Dick and Ann are at our marina but last year they docked with Jeff and Cathy at Navy Point in Sackets Harbor and they were up visiting the old marina.
We had some munchies and a quick birthday cake for Jill she turned the 20. Our time was short because the wind was 15 or 20 knots and out of the south west so going home was going to be a chore. We departed from our friends around 4:00Pm
As we got out on open water the wind was reading 20 and the waves were measured at 8 ft. These waves were rollers and when they would crest they seemed much higher. After an hour or so of going west we decided to try heading in the direction of home but that put the waves crashing right on our beam so we motored about another hour and then turned south- south east to try to do some sailing in the right direction. That lasted about 2 hours then the wind started to die down and was now out of the south. So now we started motor sailing in hopes we could make several tacks and get home at a reasonable time. We made Fair Haven at about 3:oo am.