Sunday, August 28, 2011
Burlington Boat House, VT
Burlington, VT is a quaint town of about 39,000 which is the largest town in Vermont. The waterfront is supplied with all type of boats, docks, ferries and great sea food restaurants. Walking up College Street brings you to the center of the town with a wide variety of retail and any number of dining opportunities. We of course tried to help out the local establishments with our share of food and spirits. Good sailors must have their daily share of "grog". By land Burlington is a good location for exploring Vermont with all the Revolutionary War history and a Maritime Museum. To the east of Burlington is Mt. Mansfield and west of Lake Champlain are the Adirondacks. While at dock we encounterd a wide variety of boaters from Canada, France and any location in the U.S. Lake Champlain is perfect for sailing due to considerable wind on most days and sufficient water required for a sail boat. The Canadians sails south from Montreal and can continue south to the Lake Champlain Canal and Hudson River to New York City. This route can be part of the Great Loop we hope to experience in future sails.
As you sail Lake Champlain the lake is bordered by mountains providing spectacular views. The water is clear but a bit cool by Kentucky standards. However, the local folks ski, swim, and fish until the lake freezes over at 30" of ice. Then they break out the snow mobiles. We plan to sail tomorrow for a cruise across Lake Champlain to Four Brothers Islands, Willsboro Bay and then south for another night "on the hook". Hurricane Irene has changed our sail plan. We need to return to our marina prior to the worst weather expected to occur on Sunday. We of course, will keep look out for "Champ" as our days on the lake are limited. If we located "Champ" I bet CNN could be interested!