Today we turned north from the south shore of Lake Ontario and made our way to the great sailing waters around Henderson and Sachets Harbors.  Sailing here is usually a challenge and best approached from the south and proceeding counter-clockwise along the east and northern shores to a port from which to sail the last stretch home to Rochester.

I’ll admit that sailing the open waters of Lake Ontario can range from tedious to exhilarating to terrifying. The tedium can be relieved by noting the minutest details along the way.  Yesterday our sail from Sodus Bay to Oswego was relieved by spotting some of the 200 vessels competing in the Lake Ontario 300 race.

These racing enthusiasts sail from Port Credit Yacht Club west of Toronto to Oswego at the east end of the lake and back again. We probably encountered 2-3 dozen of these guys sloughing their way on the upwind leg in 3-5 foot seas. Many of them would have arrived in the mid morning of day 2.  Some did not finish at all.  Even though we were in the same waters, we were headed in the opposite direction and supported by canvas over our heads and the option of firing up the engine if things got too rough.

Back to today’s sail.  It’s a Monday, so not much happening on this weekday particularly after the two rough days at sea over the weekend. So sailing along far from land we had little to relieve the tedium except spotting other boaters doing whatever.  There are fishermen off the shore of 9 mile point nuclear power plant, a couple of power boaters boot scooting along toward Canadian waters and a yellow rubber ducky lost at sea. (Too bad we don’t have a net to get that thing yet). Plus we have the ever-changing seascape; from flat waters,to rain speckled, to chaotic wave action and back again.  It may seem like tedium to others but truth is it’s the majesty of the lake that keeps us returning again and again.

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