Cruising under Sail - 2013 and 2014

navigare necesse est; vivere non est necesse.

In the spring of 2013, Saorsa II embarked upon an extended cruise. The cruise as completed was of the longest duration and greatest distance of any undertaken by Her to date. In a period of fourteen months, She saw almost 6,000 nautical miles pass 'neath Her keel.

After launching in early May, She left Her home berth on Lake Ontario and headed for the sea via the St. Lawrence Seaway and River. She took time to explore the Gaspesie before reaching the Canadian Maritimes. Then She ranged south to explore down east Maine and New England before heading further south to New York City. From New York, She rounded Cape May into Deleware Bay and thence into the Chesapeake Bay.

The autumn of 2013 was spent cruising the waters of Chesapeake Bay sampling all the delights of that fascinating body of water. As winter approached, She continued south exploring the Atlantic Intra-Coastal Waterway (AICW) and visited the lovely towns and cities along the way. After arriving in Florida, She rested before heading for the Bahamas. After a month in The Bahams, She sailed directly to Charleston, South Carolina and then made Her way north again to New York City.

Following a pleasant visit in the "Big Apple", She proceeded up the Hudson River and returned to Lake Ontario via the Erie Canal System. She arrived back at Her home port in Whitby, Ontario in mid-July, 2014.

As the cruise progressed, William's cruising journal was e-Mailed to close friends and posted here for others to read. Photos from the cruise will also be made available here. And, you can us on Twitter.

Prospective crew are invited to indicate their interest via e-Mail.

Cruising under Sail - 2012

And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.

In the spring of 2012, Saorsa II again embarked upon an extended cruise.

After launching in early May, She left Her home berth on Lake Ontario and headed for New York City where She picked up from where She left off in the autumn of 2010. From there She ranged north to explore New England and Maine.

As the cruise progressed, William's situation reports (SitRep) were e-Mailed to close friends and posted here for others to read. Photos from the cruise are available here. And, you can us on Twitter.

Cruising under Sail - 2010 Cruise "Down East"

During the 2010 sailing season, Saorsa II went on an extended cruise following the Down East Circle Route. This trip of approximately 3,000 nautical miles followed the St. Lawrence River, went through the Canadian Maritimes, south along the coast of New England to New York, and then back to Lake Ontario. Saorsa II departed Whitby Marina on May 15 to start the cruise. Saorsa II returned to Lake Ontario via the Hudson River and Erie Canal and arrived at Her winter storage location on October 14.

A few photos from the cruise are included here, a videos here, and William's cruising journal can be found here.

Cruising Narratives

During the sailing seasons of 1996 and 1997, William served as crew aboard Mike Bolton's yacht, Revel, sailing out of Oban Scotland. Narrative logs of the 1996 cruise to Ireland and the 1997 cruise to the Outer Hebrides are available for download.

During the summer of 2009, Saorsa II completed a three week cruise around Lake Ontario. this was a successful dress rehearsal cruise in anticipation of the 2010 trip around the Down East Circle Route.

William's Résumé

A copy of William's sailing résumé is available for download.

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