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Mirage in Labrador
Richard
Fri Jul 16 12:00:00 EDT 2010

The land appears to be elevated above a white layer in this picture. This mirage is the result of warm air over cold water and earth, and is quite common along the rugged, beautiful coast of Labrador, Canada, where we are now. We came in to the Labrador coast to sit out a forecast gale at sea, and have seen many mirages today.

Fri Jul 16 17:27:47 EDT 2010 | george Ray
Coming in to wait out the Wx .... how is Issuma's shallow draft and lifting keel working out? One time I recall you were hesitant to lift the keel at anchor/mooring if there were any significant wind forecast.
Mon Jul 26 19:47:22 EDT 2010 | Richard Hudson
Shallow draft with the lifting keel is working out well.

I don't like being at a dock with the keel raised if there is a stiff crosswind (or the possibility of one)...it heels much more noticeably with the keel up. Being anchored with the keel up is fine--in any strong wind the boat will end up facing it, so I don't think it could get knocked down.

A tornado landed close to Issuma once in Argentina, while she was tied with two bow lines to shore and two anchors off the stern, cross-wise to the way the wind hit. I was glad I'd lowered the keel earlier because the boat heeled a lot (it was 0300, dark and I don't know how much it heeled, but things were flying all over the place inside the boat).
Looking For Charts
Gabriela/Richard
Thu Jul 15 12:00:00 EDT 2010

The charts that are currently being used are stored in the pilothouse on Issuma. Charts for other areas are stored in the bedroom, under the mattress, in strong garbage bags (to keep them dry). Every once in a while, I dig through the garbage bags of charts in the bedroom to find the ones we need next.

St John's
Gabriela/Richard
Tue Jul 13 12:00:00 EDT 2010, St John's, Newfoundland, Canada

Night view of the south end of the harbor from Issuma.

Wed Jul 14 21:24:48 EDT 2010 | George Conk
Congratulations on your arrival in Newfoundland. A destination I have long yearned to reach. I don't understand why it never became a big population center.

Looking for a good read? Try Colony of Unrequited Dreams.
St John's
Richard
Mon Jul 12 12:00:00 EDT 2010, St John's, Newfoundland, Canada

View of the lighthouse at the entrance to St John's harbor.

St John's is a pretty city, with friendly, helpful, seafaring people.

Rainbow in Newfoundland
Richard
Sun Jul 11 10:00:00 EDT 2010, St John's, Newfoundland, Canada

We had a pleasant sail and motor in mostly light winds from St Pierre to St John's, Newfoundland, Canada. St John's has a great harbor, very well protected by the cliffs on either side of the entrance.

St Pierre From the Hill
Gabriela/Richard
Fri Jul 9 6:00:10 EDT 2010, St Pierre, France

View from the hill of St Pierre. Issuma at anchor in the bay.

St Pierre
Richard
Thu Jul 8 5:37:29 EDT 2010, St Pierre, France

Early morning on a quiet street in St Pierre.

St Pierre Church
Gabriela/Richard
Wed Jul 7 5:40:23 EDT 2010, St Pierre, France

St Pierre, from the harbor

St Pierre
Gabriela/Richard
Tue Jul 6 12:00:00 EDT 2010, St Pierre, France

Pointe Aux Canons, from the water.

St Pierre
Chris/Richard
Mon Jul 5 12:00:00 EDT 2010, St Pierre, France

The entrance channel to the port of St Pierre.

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