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Le premier poisson d'Anissa
M
28/07/2011

... et en plus, il était bon!

14 TransAt du Nord (Newport-La Rochelle)
Mouillage typique au Groenland
PC
22/07/2011, Eqalugaarsuit

Libellule et iceberg, dans le passage du Mato Lob.


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Nouvelles copines
PC
21/07/2011, Qaqortoq

Hier, on a eu la visite de quelques filles Inuit sur notre bateau. La communication etait un peu dificile entre le Groenlandais et le Suisse allemand...

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Arrivee a Qaqortoq
PC
21/07/2011, Qaqortoq

Nous voila a Qaqortoq, le plus grand village du coin, avec 4000 habitants Inuits

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Une petite plongee
PC
20/07/2011, Eqalugaarsuit

Eau entre 2 et 7 C, plantes bizarres, pas beaucoup de vie maritime a part de quelques meduses, etoiles de mer et moules. Ca change des Caraibes, quoi...

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Moules au vin blanc
PC
20/07/2011, Eqalugaarsuit


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Arrival in Narssaq
PC
17/07/2011, Narssaq, SSW Greenland

Finally arrived in Narssaq, tired and happy, after a long day in the ice and the fjords.

Total trip from Newfoundland to Greenland took 1070Nm / 7 days.

Water temperature -1C to +6C. Air temperature 0C to +15C. Marielle and the girls will love it...

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Greenland is amazingly beautiful
PC
17/07/2011


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Stuck
PC
17/07/2011

How will we get through this?

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Surrounded by pack ice and bergy bits
PC
17/07/2011


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Seals
PC
17/07/2011


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First icebergs
PC
17/07/2011, Kap Thorvaldson/Greenland


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130 Nm to go
PC
16/07/2011, SW of Kap Farvel

Three pilot whales following our boat yesterday morning.

Weather got much better now. Another 60 Nm to go and we will see our first icebergs...

According to the Iscentralen there is still quite a bit of pack ice, icebergs and bergy bits floating on and inside the coast, so we will probably need the whole day tomorrow to navigate our way through the ice. Destination is Narssaq inside Skovfjord, to officially check in with Greenland police, and then proceed to Narsarssuaq.


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Grey
PC
13/07/2011, Somewhere between Newfoundland and Kap Farvel

No picture today - but just imagine an all encompassing grey. Dark grey sea, light grey fog, white boat. No cargos, no whales, no birds, no fishing buoys, no nothing, just grey. Grey drizzle.

The last two days were rather cold at 5 C as we were crossing the cold Labrador current (water temperature 5-6 C(, but today it got a bit warmer again, influence of the gulf stream? Water around 9 C. 84% humidity. Had winds up wo 44 Knlast night, waves up to 3m, fortunately it is calming down again, winds mostly SSE to SSW. 400 Nm behind u, another 500-700Nm to go to Greenland.

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Ready to leave
PC
09/07/2011, St. John's, Newport

Libellule looking nice and clean after having spent over two weeks with Yves.

And finally, everyone is back on board, despite several delayed flights...
The crew is multinational as usual: Yves, Sylvain, Gonzalo and Philipp (F, E, CH). Everyone is itchy to get going, so everything is ready for the next leg.

Except for the weather: a big trough (35 Kn headwinds) is announced to come through later today and tomorrow, and so we decided to postpone the estimated departure time to tomorrow Sunday evening 20:00 LTC.

The next leg: Newfoundland-Greenland. Final destination in Greenland not clear yet, depending on development of pack ice along the SSW tip of Greenland, we will either head to Narssaq (900 Nm) or to Nuuk (1200 Nm), to be decided once we approach Southern Greenland and had a chance to study the most recent ice maps.


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Waiting
PC
20/06/2011, St. John's harbour

Libellule patiently enduring the cold Newfi weather in St. John's harbour.

Departure of next leg (St. John's - Greenland) planned for July 9th.

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Arrival in St. John's, Newfoundland
PC
18/06/2011, Floating dock, St. John's harbour

Made it to St. John's on Saturday night, just in time to have a nice beer (or two?) on George Street.

Newfies (that's how they call the Newfoundlanders here) are crazy, walking around in T-Shirt and shorts at 7°C and fog!

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Whales
PC
18/06/2011, Witless Marine Sanctuary, 20 Nm south of St. John's

On our approach to St. John's, on the Newfoundland coast: access blocked by large groups of humpback whales...

And then we saw about a few hundred thousand puffins and seagulls sitting on a rocky island in Witless Marine Sanctuary, quite a sight (and noise and smell) after so many days at sea.

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Still smiling
PC
16/06/2011, Still somewhere off the Nova Scotia coast

Currently at 43 37'N 58 46'W. The decision to circumsail the low pressure trough via the east was the right one, we now start to get more favorable backside winds. Not much to report about the last few days. Grey weather, a few whales, dolphins and moon fish here and there. Instead of catching fish, we caught two seagulls yesterday (no, they don't get Spanish sherry down their gills, we simply unhook their feet and throw them back in).
This morning, we were greeted by dolphins and a lonely oil tanker. Even saw a sunray far away! Sea is pretty quiet, large rolling Atlantic swell, wind died down. 40Nm off Sable Island, 130Nm off Nova Scotia, 350Nm to go to Newfoundland.

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Fog
PC
14/06/2011, Somewhere off the Nova Scotia coast

So far, the weather has been rather bad. Cold, rainy, wet, grey, foggy, cross seas, head winds .
Canadian fog is incredible. It is always here, omnipresent. It creeps in without warning and vanishes again, just to come back a few hours later. We always thought that fog dissipates with wind or rain. Well, Canadian fog is different. It doesn't follow rules. Rain or heavy winds, the fog persists. Grey, cold, wet.

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