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Captain’s Log – Eastward on Lake Superior

Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2016; 1630 hours EDT Position: Approaching Marquette, Michigan, under power; expect to be moored around 7 PM I have been back aboard since Saturday having assumed command of Pride of Baltimore II from Captain Jordan Smith who is now home and ready to provide support to ship and staff, while also taking some personal time, before…

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Captain’s Log – Race 3: Tawas Point toward Bois Blanc Island

Date: July 26, 2016 Position: Lake Michigan, approaching Chicago After Tall Ship Celebration: Bay City in Bay City, MI, the ships participated in the Lake Huron Race, the third of five races in the Tall Ships Challenge race series. The course started near Tawas Point at the northern shore of the entrance to Saginaw Bay, went up halfway around the “mitten”…

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Captain’s Log – Race 2: Fairport Harbor toward the Pelee Passage

Date: Saturday, July 16, 2016 Position: Bay City, Michigan We started the Lake Erie Race off Fairport Harbor at 10 am on Monday morning. The forecast was challenging for all – a brief period of wind from the SW, followed by a flat calm, a 180 degree windshift, and then a building wind from the NE in the evening. Pride and Denis Sullivan hit…

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Captain’s Log – My compliments to all!

Date: Friday, July 08, 2016 Position: Fairport Harbor, OH Pride of Baltimore II is among several traditional sailing vessels docked in the small, proud Ohio port of Fairport Harbor. We all arrived yesterday and executed a formal parade of sail yesterday evening. With virtually no wind at all, it was possible for most of the vessels to show off their…

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Captain’s Log – Lock #1, Welland Canal

Date: Tuesday, July 5, 2016 Time 0800 EDT Position : Lock #1 “tie-up” wall, Welland Canal Pride is again in the company of Draken, the replica 9th century Viking Longboat; both vessels are awaiting permission to proceed. The race ended early for Draken yesterday around 1230 PM as yesterday’s light winds were not helpful for her to finish the race before…

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Captain’s Log – Race 1: PRIDE II, DRAKEN, and the “Millennium of Difference Race”

Date: Monday, July 4th, 2016 – American Independence Day Time: 0900 EDT Position: Western Lake Ontario 14 nautical miles northeast of Fort Niagara, New York, at the mouth of the Niagara River Pride of Baltimore II is part of a “Millennium of Difference Race” (my personal description): two sailing vessels of the greatest difference of time of origin in the…

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Captain’s Log – PRIDE II in Toronto

Date: July 2, 2016 Position: Toronto Harbor The weather is gorgeous! Dry, partly cloudy with wind from the northwest: a classic post cold front and new high-pressure onset phenomenon. The Toronto Harbor is a natural phenomenon that suggests high-end resort planning. Yacht clubs, parks with beaches, and some wonderfully exotic small residences (that were squatter homes first) make up a…

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Captain’s Log – Respite in Cape Vincent, NY

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,…

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