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Cape Dory Rendezvous 2003:
CanDependence Cruise
Tuesday, July 1

Current as of: 28 April 2003


Dead Man Bay Itinerary:

Clayton to Dead Man Bay (Kingston Harbor)

There are two routes that can be taken in sailing back to Kingston Harbor and Deadman Bay - the short way or the long way. It depends on the wind as to which one you'll take. Taking the north side of Wolfe Island and backtracking the route taken Monday to Kingston would be the short way both in time and mileage. On a good day, the trip would take about 4-5 hours. After leaving Clayton and French Bay, travel upstream (SW) for 2 miles and then head NW through Quebec Head (Wolfe Island Cut) (44°14.00N, 76°10.60W) and into the waters traveled on Monday. Sailing W 16 nm will take you to Kingston once again and Deadman Bay (44°14.00N, 76°26.95W).

If there's enough wind, then sailing the south side of Wolfe Island and then north to Kingston would be the long, upstream but scenic route. This is the Main Shipping Channel and you may pass several large tankers and international ships. It is quite well marked with navigation aids past Cape Vincent and into Lake Ontario. Once past Wolfe Island to the north, the course will be W and then NW to FlG K9 at (44°10.20N, 76°35.86W). From there head NE to Kingston Harbor and Deadman Bay (44°14.00N, 76°26.95W) using navigational aids and avoiding shallow areas. The trip could take 9-10 hours since upstream travel is required.

From Deadman Bay, it is a 1.3 nm dinghy ride to Confederation Basin. There are day docks to use for a few hours to grab supplies or an ice cream at the White Mountain Ice Cream store. Later that evening, we will be treated to a fireworks display in honor of Canada Day, the national independence holiday in Canada. If you prefer to obtain a slip at Confederation Basin, make your reservations early as this is a popular weekend in the area. You will be right in the center of all the festivities. A nice place to be but crowded on this weekend.

Photo courtesy of Fort Henry and the Parks of the St. Lawrence


Click on chart thumbnail for enlargement of the Clayton and Grindstone Island Area

Click on chart thumbnail for enlargement of the Wolfe Island area.

Click on chart thumbnail for enlargement of the Deadman Bay area.

Points of Interest:

Kingston visitor and tourist information, courtesy of the City of Kingston.

Fort Henry: Dominion Day Celebrations, July 1st
10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Visit Fort Henry on Canada Day as we celebrate Confederation with an Historic Trades Marketplace featuring trades of years gone by.

Also at Fort Henry: Historic Sunset Ceremonies Series
Fort Henry's Historic Sunset Ceremonies are a Kingston entertainment institution and truly a highlight of our season. Every evening will feature professional musical guests from all over Canada and the United States in a presentation of the life and music of Canadian Heritage. A fireworks finale concludes the evening.


Web Site Info:

Border Crossing Tips for Recreational Boaters, RV Owners & Motorists, courtesy of New York Sea Grant Cornell University.

The Harbors and Ports of Lake Ontario, by Edward M. Hodder, courtesy of Maritime History of the Great Lakes

Kingston, Ontario Canada, courtesy of "Kingston Economic Development Corporation"; and the The City of Kingston

Parks of the St. Lawrence


Cape Dory owners are invited to join the flotilla anywhere along the route. Sail with us the whole way or just for a couple of days -- whatever suits your schedule.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Fleet Captain Ed Haley, 315-336-0775, e-mail at

Print a copy of the itinerary (PDF 599KB) and the Registration Form (PDF 14KB or Word 138KB).

Please check this page often as we will include more information as it becomes available.

  Please see the "Events" page for the current Great Lakes Fleet Rendezvous agenda.
  For information on becoming part of the Gerat Lakes Fleet see the "Fleet Information." 

This page was last revised: 9 September 2003

Modified by: Catherine Monaghan

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