Ashtabula Yacht Club, Ashtabula, OH to Vermilion Yacht Club, Vermilion OH — August 9, 2014

01-An-Ashtabula-Boater-Is-A-Buckeye-Fan

01-An-Ashtabula-Boater-Is-A-Buckeye-Fan

02-Looking-North-On-THe-Ashtabula-River

02-Looking-North-On-THe-Ashtabula-River

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03-The-Ashtabula-Yacht-Club

04-The-Ashtabula-Bascule-Bridge

04-The-Ashtabula-Bascule-Bridge

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05-West-Bank-Of-The-Ashtabula-RIver

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06-Leaving-Ashtabula

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07-The-Vermilion-River-In-Town

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08-South-End-Of-The-Vermilion-Lagoon-Residential-Community

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09-VYC-In-Lagoons-Residential-Community

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10-Sunset-Over-Lake-Erie-From-Vermilion-Yacht-Club

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11-Looking West Toward The Vermilion River-On-The-South-Side-Of-The-Vermilion-Yacht-Club From Our Slip

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12-Canal-On-South-Side-Of-Vermilion-Yacht-Club

13-Looking-Northwest-Out-Onto-Lake-Erie-From-Vermilion-Yacht-Club

13-Looking-Northwest-Out-Onto-Lake-Erie-From-Vermilion-Yacht-Club

14-The-Vermilion-Yacht-Club-Clubhouse

14-The-Vermilion-Yacht-Club-Clubhouse

A good morning in Ashtabula.  We fueled at the marina next to the Yacht Club before leaving.  The winds were a little stronger today but still out of the east so we had a following sea.  Lots of humidity in the air but we did get to see the Cleveland skyline as we went by.

Because of the wind today, there were lots of sailboats out today.  We saw quite a few that had black or dark gray sails and they looked kind of strange. We are used to seeing white sails so the dark figures against the horizon gave me the thought of ghost ships. Oh well.

Again there were a lot of fishermen out today but not as far out on the lake as we saw yesterday.  I think that was because of the wind and the waves. We saw the biggest cluster around Loraine Ohio.

We have been to the Vermilion Yacht Club before.  The last time was about 4 years ago.  It is a nice small club set in what is known as the Lagoons.  It is a residential community set on canals and all the houses are similar in character with white siding, black shingle pitched roofs and on the water.

This time they were full on the wall when we arrived so they assigned us to a members slip.  The member is out on a cruise on Lake Michigan. The forecast for the next several days is not good so we may be here for a little while.

The Club Manager, Gene, has been really good.  He has given me a ride into the laundromat and back and recommended some carry-out/ delivery places for dinner.

The wind is blowing again today (Thursday) and I am glad we stayed in the slip.  The boats on the wall are rocking somewhat but we are pretty calm all the way back in the canal.  Winds are about 20 knots out of the northwest and the waves out at the Lake Erie Loraine Buoy are about 7′. We are hoping it lays down for tomorrow.

 

 

Erie Basin Marina, Buffalo, NY to Ashtabula Yacht Club, Ashtabula, OH — August 8, 2014

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01-Condos-Along-The-East-Shore-Of-Erie-Basin-Marina

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02-Observation-Tower-On-The-East-Point-Of-Erie-Basin-Marina

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03-Lighthouse-Along-Shore-Of-Erie-Basin

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04-West-Shore-of-Ashtabula-River

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05-East-Shore-of-Ashtabula-River

Well we finally left Buffalo this morning.  We spent a lot more time there than we wanted to because of weather and some repairs to the boat.  Fortunately the water was great as we had east winds at our back for the day.

We saw lots of fishing boats out on Lake Erie today.  All sizes and they were out about 8 miles fishing for walleye in about 70′ of water.  We found that out when we asked in Ashtabula.  A lot of the boats were in the 16′ to 18′ range so it was good that the waves were less than 1′.

As we came into Ashtabula harbor/river we can tell that there are a lot of fishing boats here.  There is also a counterweighted bascule bridge.  The charts said 11′ of clearance but the board on the bridge showed about 6.5′ clearance.  Even the fishing boats were waiting for the bridge opening.

We are staying at the Ashtabula Yacht Club.  It is primarily a sailboat club but they do accept transients and have reciprocal yacht club privileges that we can take advantage of thru the Great Lakes Cruising Club. The people are real friendly and the gentleman that helped us dock is known as Corvette Tom.  He is about 65 years old and drives a fire engine red 2006 Corvette.  He gave me a ride to the grocery store. Nice shuttle service.

Ashtabula Harbor is an old time commercial harbor as you enter with lots of places for freighters in the harbor.  Lots of train traffic on the east side of the river and we were on the west side.  The trains were no issue as there were really no whistles for crossings.

We were able to get one of the members, a retired orthopedic surgeon, to give us a ride to a restaurant for dinner.  He was able to fill us in on the menu and told us to order off the specials board because those were the best dishes.  He was right and the dinner was great.

We decide to stay only one night because the weather forecast was still good.  We thought about sticking around for the Ashtabula Yacht Club Saturday corn roast but Lake Erie was calling.