Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Time: 0800 EDT
Position: Northeast corner of Lake Ontario
Pride is underway again, motoring after a short evening respite at the very accommodating and friendly little village of Cape Vincent, New York.
US Customs formalities were smoothly and efficiently handled by very professional agents. Grocery shopping was arranged for the ship’s cook, Phil, by our liaison, Michael Chavoustie, a very attentive host and avid ambassador for Cape Vincent. 100 gallons of diesel fuel were donated (that’s cool, eh?). The ship was open for deck tours for a couple of hours and we received about 140 visitors aboard; I am told that is nearly the whole village. The crew took advantage of swimming in the lake before sunset, followed by dropping in on the local night life. This morning’s 0500 wake up went well; I am pleased that last evening’s revelry was kept within bounds. The crew is back into sea-watch groups. Wind is not favorable for keeping to the relatively tight schedule remaining to get to Toronto, so we are motoring again.
Maybe tomorrow we might actually do some sailing as we make ready for a grand entry into the Toronto Harbour in company with other honored guest vessels: the great, long Viking ship that recently sailed across the North Atlantic, Draken Harald Hårfagre, and the full-scale Spanish vessel, El Galeon.
Jan C. Miles