An End and a Beginning

Today marks the end of the 2009 sailing season.  We will be down to only a couple seasonal crew left to help with maintenance.  The galley will stop operations and the crew will start living semi normal lives again.  We have sailed more days this summer than any other summer here in the Lakes.  In 84 days at sea we sailed 2673 nautical miles.  That is a lot of sailing for not doing a large voyage. 

I am very pleased with how the crew how done this season dealing uncertainties the entire time but still holding true to taking care of the ship, their shipmates and when they had time themselves too.  It has been an honor to sail with this crew and I can only hope that the 2010 crew will work as well together.

Tomorrow marks the beginning of Winter Maintenance.  I know it’s not winter yet but it will be soon enough.  As usual there is a big maintenance project going on.  We will be replace at least one of our Main channels.  I will post about that project as it happens.  In the Rig Shop out goal is to get through all the pallets of rigging this year and we can use all the help we can get so anyone interested in volunteering come on down.

We made through this season and with everyone’s continued support we will hopefully be able to make through 2010 as well.

About Billy Sabatini

I am the Chief Mate of the US Brig Niagara. I've been sailing on Niagara since 2005 and have held the position of Third Mate, Second Mate, Engineer and now Chief Mate. I am also a graduate of Maine Maritime Academy and Tabor Academy and hold a 200 Near Coastal Master's License.
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1 Response to An End and a Beginning

  1. Kevin Fonner says:

    What and where are the main channels on the ship?

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