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Wetsuit Test
Gabriela/Richard
Wed Jul 21 12:00:00 EDT 2010

While approaching an anchorage in Labrador, a rope went over the side and got caught underneath the boat. The next morning, I dug up my wetsuit and went in to free the rope and scrub the keel--a job I'd been wanting to do for a while but hadn't gotten around to yet.

In the picture, Ted has just passed me down the regulator, and I'm putting it on. The boat has a diving compressor (narghile), which pumps air down a hose to the regulator. This is the first time I tried using the system, and it takes a while to get used to breathing thru the regulator. A heated swimming pool would be an easier place to learn to breathe thru a regulator than a Labrador harbor with icebergs outside, but nothing is perfect :). I used several big shackles as diving weights and was in the water about half an hour (the wetsuit is thicker than most), getting one side of the keel scrubbed. The other side of the keel will wait until next time.

Sat Jul 24 14:53:25 EDT 2010 | George Conk
What is the water temperature there?
Tue Jul 27 17:57:40 EDT 2010 | Richard Hudson
I really don't know what the water temperature is...both thermomters onboard are attached to the boat and I'm not sure there are any nearby buoys to query on the internet. It felt cold :)
Icebergs
Richard
Tue Jul 20 12:00:00 EDT 2010

We sailed by a lot of icebergs, whales and dolphins along the coast of Labrador.

Wed Jul 21 18:00:14 EDT 2010 | Dan B
That's an amazing picture!
Fri Jul 23 19:20:19 EDT 2010 | Richard Hudson
Thanks, Dan, it is an amazing place.
Thu Aug 5 6:37:39 EDT 2010 | judy james
What a shot! Looks like Gabriela was enjoying the seal life. So much better than NYC!!!
Abandoned
Richard
Sun Jul 18 10:00:00 EDT 2010

Abandoned buildings at Hill Harbor, Labrador. This is a very small harbor nestled in the rocky coast--easy to enter with GPS and clear, calm weather. I don't know the history of this particular place at all, and haven't gone ashore yet. I suspect it was one of the many places that were abandoned after seal hunting (for fur) was ended and the numbers of cod fish collapsed. No road, transportation only by boat or across the ice when it freezes over.

Yann Back Onboard
Gabriela/Richard
Sat Jul 17 12:00:00 EDT 2010

Yann, who built Issuma in France and sailed her 48,000 miles before selling her to me, joined the the boat in St John's for the summer. Picture was taken along the Labrador coast.

Sat Jul 17 21:09:12 EDT 2010 | george Ray
Hello, Yann!
Hope you will write a few blog entries!
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.

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