You are invited to look,
click, and explore this site, and the water
wonderland called Lake Ontario. This Web site has
gone through many changes, from a small personal
look at Rochester and the Genesee River, to my
sailing experiences around the lake.
Attention Hunter owners
Tim Feagans of Empire Yacht Sales would be delighted to host the 2013 Lake
Ontario Hunter Sailing Association South Shore Rendezvous. The weekend of
August 2-4 would work well for us. We are having a big bash that weekend at
Fair Point Marina with a great band, catered BBQ, various events and activities,
pancake breakfast on the beach and much more. We are also trying to line up one
or more clinics including one with a Marlow-Hunter representative. Visit
www.lohsa.com for details and to sign up.
Canal in Danger?
An open letter from
Ahoy Boating Interests tourist related interests, and friends, Here is an
issue that may be of interest if you have ever dreamed of heading out to salt
water with your boat or perhaps enjoy the quiet pleasures of canaling or if your
business has some connection with the canal
A friend writes me that 10 of the 12 Lock Operators in the Syracuse Section have
been told that they're gone as of April 1st. as part of the Thruway's cost
cutting policy after retreating from its 40% toll hike attempt. The only jobs
targeted he says, are Lock Operators...Not one of the 100 people in the
Thruway's main building (all of whom make over $100,000.00 per year) have been
He goes on to say I'm sure you can well understand what this could mean for the
running of the canal this summer...for sure, hours will have to be reduced, our
winter maintenance program will be shot to pieces, and businesses who've made
serious investments along the Canal will be profoundly affected. We have until
April. I The guys in our section have already been told. I was there when they
came to tell my Operator, who is 60yrs. old and would have been retiring in 2
The cuts and deferred maintenance he mentions will almost certainly reduce the
reliability of the canal and the use of same. As the use declines it will be
easier and easier to justify further reductions in a downward spiral that could
well mean the end of the system. It is infinitely cheaper to take care of things
than it is to do a major re build. Given the current political climate it's
probably essential to the future of the canal.
Here is a link to a petition to send to the Gov. Also please send it on to other
interested parties. If you know any one at a boating organization, yacht club,
business etc, send it on to them too. As we know, many businesses and towns and
villages have invested private and public money in canal related activities.
This is a short sighted and wasteful way to save money.
You can also contact the Gov directly and fill out the little form at the second
link below! Feel free to plagerize anything above!!!
International St. Lawrence River Board of
"Beginning at 1500 hrs. on
Thursday, August 30, and continuing until 1500
hrs. on Friday, the outflow from Lake Ontario
has been increased to 6900 m3/s. This increase
is being done to raise levels near Montreal and
thereby enable a ship en-route to safely reach
the Port of Montreal. The water level at the
Port of Montreal has been declining and is
currently about 1.1 m below seasonal average.
For the coming week, starting Saturday, the Lake
Ontario outflow is expected to be 6500 m3/s,
which is 160 m3/s more than the amount specified
by the regulation plan. "
Lake Ontario Actual end of week level: 244.65
For those of you interested that's 1.35 ft. less
than the level measured in March (246 ft.) when
we took our soundings at Genesee Yacht Club.
Expect Lake levels to continue to go lower this
season and make plans accordingly.
Historic Oswego Lighthouse to be restored
Oswego (WSYR-TV) --
The Oswego Lighthouse is getting a much needed
makeover. City Council took the first step in a
full-scale restoration Monday night. The
restoration project is expected to transform the
historic landmark into a tourist destination....more
Repairs Needed at Great Lakes Harbors & Piers
In a letter sent to the Army Corps, a group of U.S.
Senators including Sen. Charles Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand say that the
corps should "use a larger portion of the $2.4 billion budget that Congress
allocated for the Corps toward Great Lakes projects."
In response, the Army Corps says that it cannot upgrade the pier unless Congress
and the president, specifically needs to approve the project, which the Corps
says has not been done.
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