I almost made it to Erie, PA under sail, only had to motor about two hours. I didn’t do much there besides anchor in a remote lagoon and took a nap after sailing through the night, then worked on the boat for a while and got a good night sleep. Next day (Tuesday) forecast was for storms all day and SSW winds 20 to 30 knots. I got lucky and had sun all day, I was out 5 to 10 miles in Lake Erie and it stormed on shore from Erie to Buffalo all day long. The wind gusted up to 33 knots and the seas built to over six feet and the auto pilot couldn’t handle it so I steered the entire way. I had the spinnacker up for a while until it was too rough and windy to handle, then I put up the jib. Made it to Buffalo by sunset and pulled into a restaurant and had a good meal after a long rough day at sea. I was driving by the Yacht Club and was invited in for the night. The next day (Wednesday) I went to Wardell Boat Yard in Tonawanda just two hours up the river to take the mast down. I went through one small lock. I made quick work of un-stepping the mast and packing it away. I had a bit of an accident when I was securing the rigging, I lost my hold and fell into the water scraping and cutting my right hand on the way down. I rode my bike for about two hours to find a place to get six stitches. Went back to the boat I continued packing it up for the Erie Canal the next day. Joe Conway flew in that night to help me through the Canal. The first day of the canal was absolutely beautiful and much better than I thought…more interesting than sailing through the Great Lakes. There were farms, orchards, parks, peoples back yards, marshes, bridges, locks, and nice little towns. We stopped in a small city called Brockport, NY and tied up to a wall at marina in the center of town where the docking fee was $8 dollars a night. But since I didn’t need power or water the docking was free. It stormed that night and into the morning and has been light rain most of the day so far.
Till next time…