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Roseway

Roseway

The Tall Ships were in Cleveland this week. They really are spectacular! They arrived on Wednesday & were gathered at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River thru Sunday.  The public could board the boats, and short trips continuously kept the ships moving.

Tall Ships

Tall Ships

Rather than joining the throngs for a chance to be jostled onboard, hurried off, and otherwise treated like cattle, we elected to view the ships from the comfort of our own little ship.  We motor-sailed by, as near as I dared (I manned the helm, Geo manning the camera). The powerboaters, jet-skiers, & other slow sailboats caused quite a bit of traffic conjestion behind the breakwall as we all vied for space to move safely and take photo ops at the same time.

I managed not to ram or be rammed & Geo got some nice shots!

Tall Ship With Browns Stadium

Tall Ship With Browns Stadium

Ship Approaching The Harbor

Ship Approaching The Harbor

We continued East to the end of the breakwall, then proceeded up as far as Bratenal before heading out & retuning to the marina.

Who's At The Helm?

Who's At The Helm?

Of course, we lost the wind & had to motorsail the last mile or so back in. As we approached the mouth of the river & the opening in the breakwall to return to the marina, we joined a returning ship, followed closely by the ‘Nautica Queen’ tour boat, as well as a swarm of other boaters coming into the same bottleneck. 

Roseway & Nautica Queen

Roseway & Nautica Queen

Nautica Queen

Nautica Queen

We slipped in between the Roseway & the Nautica Queen so George could get some shots.

Roseway Heading In

This was as close as we got, & I headed us starboard towards our Whiskey Island Marina – George grumbling, and me relieved to be away from all the traffic. If you’re not familiar with being out boating…just think about being in the parking lot of a Mall at Christmas time. Then think of how it would seem if there were no yellow lines to give traffic some semblance of order. Just everyone traveling any way they wished at any time…Motorscooters, muscle cars, sedans all at once.  That’s kind of how it feels.

Close As We Got!

Close As We Got!

A final look at one more boat… errr… ship…

S/V Denis Sullivan

S/V Denis Sullivan

Molly joined us in the cockpit for the last part of the voyage. We didn’t bring Lucy up tho…we’ll wait til we have less boat traffic for everyone to deal with.

1st Mate Molly

1st Mate Molly

Another lovely weekend…it’s so hard to go back to dirt dwelling. I love my home on the water. Adieu Outrageous…til next Friday!!

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Sunset At Whiskey Island

Sunset At Whiskey Island

We had a perfectly glorious weekend…no rain, light winds, very warm.   On Sunday, I made my 1st trip up the mast. Our wind-speed indicator had been damaged. It had been retrieved by the fella who went up the mast to fix a problem with the mainsail lines.  So when it was time to re-install, it was me who got to go up the mast (all 56′ of it) in the bo’sun’s chair. It was VERY COOL!! Guess I’m not afraid of heights, as it didn’t phase me a bit…I just enjoyed the view.  The bo’sun’s chair is very comfortable & safe feeling. And my trust in Geo is implicit.

56' Down!

56' Down!

Another View

Another View

Looking Toward The Lighthouse

Looking Toward The Lighthouse

Penny Up The Mast

Penny Up The Mast

Then, we had neighbors for the weekend. A very nice couple from Sweden who were traveling thru spent Friday thru Monday in the slip next to ours.  They’re the 1st real cruisers we have met (apart from the throngs of cruisers & cruiser wannabe’s we see at the Annapolis Boat Show each fall). Seems they have spent the past 19 years cruising the Med during the season. A year ago they had their sailboat shipped to the US & spent last summer cruising the Chesapeake Bay area.  This year they returned, came up the canal system to Tonawanda, and are spending this summer cruising around Lake Erie.

Kurt From Sweden

Kurt From Sweden

Kurt & Monica have a 1964 33′ sailboat. It has a tiller, small cockpit with glass windshield & hard bimini. They have sailed all their lives. The 1st thing they did after getting settled in was to wash clothes. Their lifelines were a-bloom with freshly laundered items, neatly strung with clothespins. Kurt was totally in love with the Gyros the club was selling on Saturday…went up 3 times!! Pete & Elizabeth had them for picnic dinner on Sunday & Pete took them to the grocer’s to provision. They enjoyed the fireworks with the crowds & left Monday around noon. They said they planned on maybe going 20 miles or so. We suggested they stop in Avon at Spitzer Marina. We wish them well on their great journey!!

MJ & Doug

MJ & Doug

The other 1st for the weekend was on Monday (so not technically the weekend, but who’s counting?) Our friends MJ & Doug P. brought their friend Charlotte & her granddaughter Mackenzie down to have a boat ride. This was Mackenzie’s 1s sailboat ride….as an almost 12 year old, she loved sitting at the bow, watching the water & looking for ‘Stuff’…like dead fish. MJ hadn’t been in a ‘big’ sailboat before. (Although she a seasoned cruise ship traveler.) I believe her previous experience may have been in a 15′ Sunfish, which promptly turned over. She was full of trepidation, but she toughed it out.

Mackenzie

Mackenzie

Charlotte

Charlotte

There really wasn’t much wind to speak of, so we motored down  behind the breakwall to it’s Eastern end. By then Geo had raised the mainsail. He then added the jib. Both filled just enough to add a little ‘oomph’ to the motor & we headed out into the open water. The water was just barely rippling, and at under 5 knots we ghosted along. It gave MJ more a sense of security & by the time we got back to the marina she was sitting in one of the stern rail seats. I think she had a good time,a nd I know her friend & her friends granddaughter will have a nice memory to take home with them.  Oh…Doug? He’s so laid back…he just enjoys it all!!!

Cleveland Skyline

Cleveland Skyline

And, of course, we spent the evening watching the fireworks from Whisky Island beach….from there, the view is spectacular..so close you can almost reach up & touch them.

Fireworks Whiskey Island

Fireworks Whiskey Island

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