Guy’s, I’m so excited because I recently had the amazing experience of working with Visit Adirondacks and Navtours! I spend three amazing days on a sailboat on Lake Champlain, and it was a super fun and relaxing time.
Navtours has thirteen different sailboats you can charter from 2 to 14 days on Lake Champlain, out of Plattsburgh, NY. We sailed on the Carpe Diem, a 39′ catamaran style boat. There were four cabins, two heads, a kitchen, two lounge spaces (indoor and outdoor), and a hammock that stretched across the front of the boat.
Our Captain, Ted, was the greatest. He was super outgoing, and very knowledgeable about sailing, the area, and all the best places to go and see! He gave me pointers on how to backflip (I was *cough* a natural *cough*…meaning: near belly flop *cough*…), and he even maneuvered the boat close enough to the cliffs that I was able to lean out and pick the flowers growing on them!
Day one we boarded at 6, and set off for Valcour Island, where we anchored for the night. We passed by Bluff Point Lighthouse, and dropped anchor at Bluff Point in time for dinner while we watched the sun setting, and the sky turn ten different shades of pink and orange! At night the sky was so clear that we sat up top to watch for the Persius meteor shower. It was a new moon, so perfect conditions…and while we never really saw the meteor shower, I did catch a glimpse of several shooting stars throughout the night, and the view of the Milky Way was gorgeous!
Day two started with a good swim before lifting anchor. I enjoyed diving off the bow, leaping from the top of the boat, and drifting around in the inner tube for a few hours. I was even able to talk my mom into jumping from the boat, and she did it, even though she is deathly afraid of heights! Go mom!
After we had tired ourselves out, we started toward Willsboro Bay in search of rocky shorelines and giant cliffs! The west side of the bay was full of cliffs that dropped straight down, deep into the water, so we were able to snuggle up alongside of one and pick the flowers!
We found a secluded inlet and dropped anchor for the night…but not before some more swimming and some back flip fails…haha! My dad and I took the dingy out for a spin, and I enjoyed getting out and swimming along the cliff faces.
Day three started with a rainstorm in the wee hours of the morning that continued till lunch. I didn’t mind this…I think being on the water is the most beautiful when everything is painted moody storm colors! I sat out in the rain as we headed back up the lake, and was kind of bummed when we outran the storm and made it to sunnier locations…lol.
Before we knew it, the trip was over, and we were back in port saying goodbye to the wonderful time!