May 24, 2018

Australian KissAustralian Kiss is a 2017 Beneteau Oceanis 41.1 on her way from the Atlantic to her new home at Gone Sailing Adventures in Toronto.

May 15, 2018. The Canal Crew has been together for 36 hours and we were running like a well-oiled machine. We took turns motoring up the Hudson River dodging small fishing boats that insisted that there were better and bigger fish in the centre of the channel vs. the edge. In Troy we lifted 12' in our first lock, which has a control dam preventing the 4' tide from reaching any further than 100 miles up-stream from the Atlantic. When I travel the Hudson, I always think of what the early explorers thought as they paddled this river for the very first time.

 


Daniel Wendy Howie Daniel Arganaraz, Howie Colt and Wendy Gould aboard Australian Kiss

We arrived at Waterford at 1600 on Monday and found space at the public pier between German and Canadian trawlers. With the mast down we are 55'- unfortunately it doesn’t feel any bigger down below. After tying up it we were already for a cold refreshing beverage and a well-deserved steak dinner on the BBQ.

HowieTuesday morning was a sleep-in until 0800 as the Erie Canal did open until 10:00am. It opened with fanfare and the typical ceremonial dignitaries present. Despite being lined up first, it was the 92' Azimut, and few other 'beautiful' looking cruisers that went through the lock first for the photo-op. I just have to acknowledge the demasted sailboat isn't as sexy as under full sail.

The first set of locks is a series of five, known as the flight, each approximately 35' up and a total of two miles distance. It is the training ground for all crew for the next 30+ locks that we pass through during the next 4 days.

Mast Down

 

 

 

At the mile 2.77 Guard Gate, we wait for approximately 20 minutes for it to open. Guard gates are large moveable walls (gates) that redirect water from the canal to the main river protecting the locks from flooding or allowing them to dry out for maintenance and repair.

We were now well on our way and throughout the day having transited ten locks, 240' above sea level and 43.5 miles. The day ended at sunset on the down side of lock 12, ready for a 7am start on Wednesday.

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Dear Doris

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