Adventures on Alkahest

19 July 2017
17 July 2017
08 July 2017 | Nuuk, Greenland
03 July 2017
02 July 2017
01 July 2017
30 June 2017
29 June 2017
28 June 2017
27 June 2017
26 June 2017
25 June 2017
25 June 2017 | St. John's, Newfoundland
22 June 2017 | St. John's, Newfoundland
18 June 2017
18 June 2017

19 July 2017
Off to our last stop in Greenland. Possibly leave this weekend for Arctic Bay Canada wx permitting. All is well! Xoxo. To see our location just click on Map and use your mouse wheel to zoom in or out.

17 July 2017
"Stopped for the night in a beautiful anchorage with a family of arctic wolves next to us! So cool! ! Moving further north today. May leave Greenland in 4 days." To see our location just click on Map and use your mouse wheel to zoom in or out.

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16 July 2017
"Moving along well. Back in the land of iceburgs. All is well. XO" To see our location just click on Map and use your mouse wheel to zoom in or out.

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15 July 2017
"A great night and all is well! xoxo" To see our location just click on Map and use your mouse wheel to zoom in or out.

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14 July 2017
We left Nuuk this afternoon & headed across the arctic circle to Disko Bay. Eta Mon. All is great xoxo To see our location just click on Map and use your mouse wheel to zoom in or out.

We are in Nuuk Greenland!

08 July 2017 | Nuuk, Greenland
We left St. John's, Newfoundland on 6/25th and arrived in Greenland on 7/4th. We had a mix of every type of weather and conditions from absolutely perfect to not so perfect. It was strange pulling into Nuuk with snow falling on July 4th. And of course, like so many places we've gone before, we heard, "We never have weather like this at this time of year". Yeah right!
Ray joined us in St. John's, Newfoundland after George & Jan departed and has been a real trooper as he's gone from close to the equator to close to the arctic circle with very little time to adjust. And to top it off he had a tooth extracted the day before he left Panama.
Jay, Ray and I easily fell into a routine with 2 hour watches throughout the night. We saw approximately 5 icebergs on our journey - none being a threat except for the last one that appeared out of no where in the fog. Just a stark reminder that they are there and they don't all appear on the radar (there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to which ones appear and which don't).
Wild life was scarce except for sea birds until we were a couple of days out of Greenland when a large pod of Northern Bottlenose Whales followed the boat for 20 minutes. We originally thought they were very large dolphins, but when the wind died and we were without an engine (more on that below), Jay was transferring fuel from the jerry jugs to the tank and one of the whales came along side the boat and stayed there - almost as if to say, "Take a good look at me, I'm NOT a dolphin!"
We had two issues with the boat that we've been working on here in Nuuk. The holding tank had a severe blockage and required us to remove it from the boat to clean it out and change the plumbing. Sounds easy, but it was not a fun job for any of the guys working on it!
The other issue is our glow plugs. As we ventured further north we had difficulty getting the engine to start and we assumed it was because we hadn't started it in a few days as we were having a fabulous sail and didn't need to turn the engine on to charge up the batteries. After all, we're in the land of perpetual light and we're bringing in amps almost 24 hours a day! However, upon further inspection it appears the glow plugs need to be replaced and it's not something readily available here in Greenland. We have them on order and the ETA is Tuesday 7/11th, so we won't be leaving Nuuk to head further north until Wed 7/12th - weather permitting. We were a bit discouraged, but after checking the ice charts Pond Inlet is still pretty solid with ice, so we need to hold back for a while anyway.
I should also mention that Michael, Greg & Joe were in Nuuk when we arrived. SO nice to not only be greeted by friendly and known faces, but they did so much recon work before we arrived which made our entry into the harbor much less stressful. And between them I'm SURE they've walked at least 30 miles in the last few days searching for parts for the holding tank and engine!!
So all in all life is great! We keep looking at each other and saying, "We're in Greenland!" The country is very beautiful and the people are incredibly friendly - and fortunately, most of them speak English.
We started a tradition when we left Halifax that at the end of each day we write (on a small chalk board) a word or phrase to represent our day. We have quite a collection and you'll see some of them in the photo gallery.
All is well on Alkahest!
xo
Vessel Name: Alkahest
Vessel Make/Model: Tartan 42
Hailing Port: Seattle, Washington
Crew: Danica Richard and Jay Tremblay
About: Alkahest has been our home for 17 years and we've accumulated approximately 40,000 nautical miles in our travels.
Alkahest's Photos - Main
Pictures of our adventures with George & Jan as we leave Halifax and work our way to Newfoundland.
27 Photos
Created 11 June 2017
5 Photos
Created 11 June 2017
With more than 200 scarecrows it was hard to pick our favorites! Enjoy some of the creativity found around time.
22 Photos
Created 26 September 2016
Home of the Bluenose II - one of Canada's most famous and successful schooners (and also on her dime).
9 Photos
Created 26 September 2016
Enjoy some pictures from our beautiful little paradise between Halifax and Lunenburg.
7 Photos
Created 26 September 2016
A variety of pictures from our travels in Nova Scotia.
6 Photos
Created 5 September 2016
Some pictures from our stay in New York/New Jersey.
15 Photos
Created 10 August 2016
Some pictures of Alkahest hauled out and other 'things' in Virginia
9 Photos
Created 3 August 2016
A few pictures from our passage from Charleston, South Carolina to Gloucester Point, Virginia.
5 Photos
Created 6 June 2016
This album includes pictures from our passage from Palm Beach, Florida to Charleston, SC as well as pictures from the Charleston area.
4 Photos
Created 15 May 2016
Key West and Palm Beach
6 Photos
Created 15 May 2016
Some pictures of our time in Grand Cayman Island
13 Photos
Created 15 March 2016
A few pictures of what we do to pass the time on a passage.
4 Photos
Created 15 March 2016