Sackets Harbor - July 26



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Sackets Harbor - July 26
Tuesday July 27, 2004

We were up and along side the marina pump out station by 8:30. By 9:00 AM we were out through the Oswego breakwater heading NNE towards Sackets Harbor at the eastern end of Lake Ontario. The wind was light and the water calm. About an hour into the two hour run the wind picked up to 15 knots on the nose and the seas quickly built to two feet. This wasn't uncomfortable and as we neared the weather shore the waves died down. We felt fortunate because the locals do these crossings with some trepidation as the lake is known to kick up quickly without NOAA's permission.

Sackets Harbor could be on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay and it would fit right in. It played a key role as a U.S. naval base during the war of 1812 and a significant battle was fought over the fort here which is now a park. The British were repelled but not before many of the naval stores were destroyed setting the U.S. war effort on the lake back a year. The picture above was taken across Sackets Harbor.

The town is on the scale of Oxford, Maryland with eight blocks of homes and shops interspersed and a couple of good restaurants. If I squinted we could have been cruising on the Chesapeake Bay but when we tied up there was no dried salt to wash off the boat. Fresh water cruising has its advantages.

We have met the crews of three boats out for a one week cruise from Clayton so we should be able to get some good local knowledge about our next stop. The weatherman is promising lousy weather tomorrow but if it doesn't show we will be off to Clayton in the morning.

I had no GSM wireless coverage here but the marina has WIFI for free. I am connected at over one mbps. It would be great if every marina had this service.


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