Make Sail Time!

I recently shared an awesome experience with my family in Buffalo, NY that I’m so excited to tell you about. Buffalo is full of little hidden gem adventures like this one. On this adventure, we went sailing on the Buffalo River and Outer Harbor of Lake Erie! I found a company called Make Sail Time on Instagram as I was browsing my news feed earlier this Summer and tucked the idea in the back of my head for a bucket list family outing. As you know, the weather in Buffalo this Summer wasn’t so cooperative for planning this adventure but somehow we picked the perfect day!

Finding Make Sail Time was a breeze! Right off Fuhrman Blvd., you will find RCR Yachts Marina. Everything I wanted to know prior to arriving that day was explained by

Owners and Captains Mary and Rich Bennett via email, texts and phone. We dressed casual (you may get wet), brought snacks and life jackets for the kids were provided. We chose a daytime sail but they also offer sunset sails.

We had a beautiful Summer day and were greeted by our Captains with smiles and sunny skies. Our 2-hour sail started with a brief explanation of some safety tips, a discussion of where we would be sailing and what to do if you get seasick. My daughter Grace and I are always the ones hanging over the side of the boat if we forget our Dramamine but on this day we stopped at a 7 Eleven on the way and made sure to take our Dramamine first. Mary and Rich were extremely warm, welcoming and great with the kids. With all bases covered and everyone feeling like we were in great hands, we started our sail!

We left the City Ship Canal where Chronos, the brand new and beautiful 2017 Beneteau Oceanis 38 is docked and passed General Mills and Canalside on our way out to Lake Erie.


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It didn’t take long for us to get into relaxation mode!

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Captain Mary gave us an excellent tour as we sailed and she was extremely knowledgeable about Buffalo’s history. We sailed past the Naval and Servicemen’s Park, the Erie Canal Historic Central Wharf entrance and Lighthouse as the Buffalo River meets Lake Erie.

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The winds were gusty and steady from the Southwest at 15kn according to Captains Mary and Rich so we made the decision to sail inside the wall on the Outer Harbor. The conditions allowed for awesome, smooth sailing speed without a lot of bouncing and wave action. My stomach and head were feeling thankful!


We learned that sailors have been taking advantage of the protection of the outer wall since the 1860’s! We’re so fortunate in Buffalo to have this protection from the wind and waves coming from the west as they build all the way down Lake Erie from Cleveland to Buffalo.


It was a busy day on the water and we had a blast checking out the many sailboats on this beautiful, Summer day.


There was plenty of sunshine and the views of Buffalo were spectacular! They even let us take turns at the helm. So much fun!

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Enjoying the winds and the waves was extremely freeing, exhilarating and contagious. I could see why Mary and Rich sail every possible day that they can!

Many thanks to Mary and Rich Bennett of Make Sail Time for the wonderful experience and memories. We look forward to sailing with Make Sail Time again soon and I hope those of you reading this will put them on your bucket list too!

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Maria McKendry

“Sailing takes me away to where I’ve always heard it could be. Just a dream and the wind to carry me…soon I will be free.” ~Christopher Cross

Make Sail Time – Call or Text (716) 866-1964



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