Canadian Yachting May 2015 - (Page 45)

CRUISING DESTINATION A Cruising Adventure Through New York's Canals By Maurice and Hélène Marwood and Terry and Linda Hilts Waiting to transit the historical lock at Sainte-Anne-deBellevue and enter the St. Lawrence River. he sun was just starting to light up the horizon when we departed our home slips in Crystal Harbour, LaSalle, Ontario, and entered the Detroit River. It was June 28, 2014, the first day of our adventure to explore the waters of the Great Lakes and beyond from Windsor to Montreal. We had set aside about six weeks to cruise down Lake Erie and enter the NY Canal System near Buffalo, travel east on the canal to Oswego, head straight north across Lake Ontario to Kingston, traverse the Rideau Canal to Ottawa, cruise down the Ottawa River to Montreal, head back west up the St. Lawrence River to the Thousand Islands, and finally re-enter the NY Canal system at Oswego and follow it back toward Lake Erie and home. My wife, Hélène, and I travelled on Mystic Blue, a Mainship Pilot Classic. Terry and his wife, Linda, voyaged on their Camano Troll, 4 Buoys. Both 30-foot vessels were designed to cruise at a comfortable and economical speed of about 8 - 9 knots. We knew the first day would be a long cruise to reach our first stop at Erieau. Fortunately, the water on Lake Erie was relatively flat and, as a bonus, we enjoyed a light westerly wind on the stern. We knew the journey included relatively long stretches of open water, so we hoped the good weather window would T continue. We skipped down the Canadian shore of Lake Erie, stopping at Port Stanley and Port Dover. Due to exceptionally high winds and waves on the lake we were forced to spend two days at Port Dover. It was very enjoyable celebrating Canada Day with friendly boaters at the Port Dover Yacht Club. The next morning the wind and waves had calmed, so we departed Port Dover early for the long cruise to the entrance of the Erie Canal at Tonawanda, NY. We wanted to devote most of the time enjoying the canal systems, so when the weather permitted we spent longer days while travelling on open water. After a nine hour cruise (68 nautical miles) we arrived on schedule and decided to take a day of R&R in Tonawanda before embarking on the journey to explore the Erie Canal- affectionately called "The Ditch." The Canal was completed in 1825 and connected Lake Erie to the Hudson River. Its original purpose was to allow commercial products from the west to be easily and cheaply transported to the heavily populated eastern seaboard. It is now almost exclusively used by pleasure craft. In year-2000, the Canal was established as the National Heritage Corridor. Our average speed on the canal was only about 5 knots and w w w.c a n a d i a nya c h t i n g .c a 45

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting May 2015

Vantage Point: Fuelling your dreams
Waterfront: CPS Boating Tools on Video, Sneak Peeks at New models launching, Trent Severn Rideau Waterway update and much more...
Club Profile: Vancouver Rowing Club
Feature: Sharon Green: Sailing Photographer
Destination: Ghost Lake
Destintaion: Croatia
Destination: Georgian Bay Six-pack
Destination: New York Canals
Power Review: Beneteau GT 35
Crossing the Line: Explaining Sailing to Powerboaters

Canadian Yachting May 2015