Yesterday we had quite the adventure on Lake Ontario. According to LOOFS (Lake Ontario Operational Forecast System) website - the waves on Lake Ontario for the day we were setting off to Oswego, NY looked to be good. So off we started, 07h00 in the morning when waters tend to be more "calm" (I am NOT an early morning person) - we soon realised - once we got past Main Duck - about 20 nautical miles south west of Kingston, Ontario (not Kingston, Jamaica - someone commented on that on my Facebook page ) that this was not be be.
With the 8 foot waves and high winds (20 - 25 knots), testing of blood sugars was impossible (you try poking your fingers with a lancet as you're hanging on from being thrown overboard - any suggestion from those that have tested in these conditions - fill me in on your secret of how you do it). I just about broke my arm when in the cabin below when a wave hit us on the side of the boat - trying to grab what I could to stay upright (ended up on my buttucks in that fall - think I cured my slight frozen shoulder problem as well - free physio at sea ). Therefore, not checking BG's / eating until 21h00 / meant diabetes wasn't kept in check which is so unlike me! If I'd had the pump on, things would have been much better I feel, as we went thru' a similar experience a few years ago in our smalle25' sailboat.
Also, with being here for next 5 days - I'm going back onto pump - time to reconnect with pumping again - my MDI (multiple dosage injection experiment has been very successful - but I have to admit - MDI sometimes can be more work - and right now - I'm wanting to be lazy - 'cause I'm trying to enjoy what holiday time I have left).
Due to working from an old lap top - I'm having to keep this blog fairly plain Jane (no fun pictures of me eating some of the meals prepared on Jenna's Journey) - so below is part of an email update report that I sent out earlier this morning - wish us luck with our journey back to our home port just west of Cornwall, Ontario.
So, for those of you not in the loop - we left originally from Kingston, ON on Thurs - original intentions were to head to Oswego, NY- but winds / wave conditions led us to abandon that hope. Remember, this is or 1st time on Lake Ontario - mini-me ocean as I affectionately like to call it.
Anyway, we had wanted to seek shelter at Main Duck (remote island near the centre of Lake Ontario), but engine refused to start - and we didn't want to attempt to sail into the small harbor there. Despite having engine"fixed" the day before (filters, fuel pump replaced) in Kingston - the issue we now are understanding is 20+ years of bad fuel/water accumulation (had discovered O-ring on fuel cap was allowing water into diesel tank for "x" amount of years) along with the jostling of the boat in water stirred up ALOT of crap. So, we headed to Sacket's Harbor instead - 8 hours of sailing (8 foot waves - fun, fun, fun ... NOT) - we are here until at least next Wednesday. Fuel tank has to be removed/drained which will solve all our engine issues. We are of course kicking ourselves that we did not do this prior to leaving on holidays - as it's been tense at times when we've needed the engine (e.g. getting the hell out of the way of a HUGE freighter while under sail). We are also discovering the former owner wasn't really mechanically inclined, so we've learnt our lesson there when buying any future things . Ahhh, such is life.
Yesterdays sail just on the jib (110) we were averaging 6 knots - which was pretty good. Jenna's Journey handles rough seas very well I might add - just don't go into the cabin during sailing - not fun below.
So, for anyone of you close by to Sacket's Harbor (we are 8 miles west of Watertown) - give us a shout (wi-fi here is EXCELLENT) - and drop on by. We're at the Navy Point Marine.
Our adventure back to Cornwall will now be done at a more rushed pace - as we had hoped to stop off in the 1,000 Islands for some R&R - but with the gong of the work bell fast approaching - we'll have to save this until our next summer holiday/adventure.