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Thu Aug 5 6:41:44 EDT 2010, Hopedale, Labrador, Canada

View from the public dock. Canada has a great system of public docks in most towns. No services are provided, but anyone can tie up to them for a limited period of time.

Thu Aug 5 11:41:44 EDT 2010 | george ray
I only see two more ferry stops north of Hopedale, ...... Natuashish and then Nain. How far north are you heading?
Fri Aug 6 7:37:39 EDT 2010 | Richard Hudson
How far north we go will depend on weather, time and how well the repairs worked.
Sailing into Hopedale
Tue Aug 3 10:00:00 EDT 2010, Hopedale, Labrador, Canada

We sailed up the Labrador coast to Hopedale, where we are approaching the anchorage in the picture. Hopedale is a fairly long way in from the outer islands (about 30 miles), so, arriving late enough yesterday to be unable to reach Hopedale before dark, we hove-to offshore for the night, then sailed in the morning.

Hopedale is the site of a Moravian church and a museum which we plan to visit.

Yann's vacation time has finished, so, sadly for us, he has returned to France.

Tue Aug 3 20:14:01 EDT 2010 | george ray
Hopefully Yann salted some fish for you while he was aboard.
Wed Aug 4 8:45:34 EDT 2010 | Richard Hudson
We haven't done so well with the fishing. other than some fish off the dock in Cartwright Haven't tried really hard...mostly just troll during the day (the line catches birds if left in the water when the light is dim) while underway.

I've asked commercial fishermen about trolling here...they said they've not heard of anyone trying it.
More Rigging Work
Mon Aug 2 10:00:00 EDT 2010, Cartwright, Labrador, Canada

We went back to Cartwright a few days ago (we are north of there now) for more work on the rigging.

Bergy Bit
Sun Aug 1 10:00:00 EDT 2010

A bergy bit is a large piece of glacier ice (not sea ice), but smaller than an iceberg. Bergy bits extend more than 1m above sea level and generally less than 5m above sea level.

Labrador Coast
Fri Jul 30 10:00:00 EDT 2010

When the sun is shining, the Labrador coast is really beautiful, full of islands, rocks and snow or tree-covered hills. Here we are sailing into a cove to anchor to wait out a coming gale.

Cartwright Ferry
Thu Jul 29 12:00:00 EDT 2010, Cartwright, Labrador, Canada

One of the Cartwright ferries. Cartwright used to be at the end of the road (which went to a ferry that went to the island of Newfoundland), and from here, one needed to take a ferry to Goose Bay to get to the rest of Canada. Recently, a new road was opened between Cartwright and Goose Bay.

We have been sitting out a gale in Cartwright. A noticeable thing in this pleasant town of 600 is that the phrase "Beautiful Day" is used like "Hello". The weather doesn't seem to have any effect on whether or not one should say "hello" or "beautiful day". Yesterday, in the driving wind and rain of the gale, walking past a person on the muddy road, our conversation went: "Beautiful Day?" "Beautiful Day"

Sun Oct 24 21:50:28 EDT 2010 | Wrner Baeumler
Very interesting your account of your repairs at Cartwright.We too were in Cartwright with rigging failure,the forstay on my cutter rigged Bayfield 36 parted while we were 60 miles from Greenland on our way to the Med.Also on our way back to Labrador our fuel pump gave out and we had to sail under duoble reefed main and our staysail.We left for Greenland from Charlottetown/Lab.on July23/2010 and got back to Cartwright onAug.4/2010.Now we are back in Toronto and hope to try again next year.
Fair winds,
Werner Baeumler -S/V Queen Colleen II
The Repair
Tue Jul 27 0:00:00 EDT 2010, Cartwright, Labrador, Canada

We asked around about lifting equipment in Cartwright. People here are quite helpful, and, being a long way from cities, were used to making do with what is available. There were no cranes in the area, but the town council owned a small excavator. We had a look at the excavator, and it looked capable of lifting the mast, but, before we found the operator, Yann said he could do the repair with just hydraulic jacks.

I borrowed a couple of screw jacks from the local service station and we tied the bottom of the mast to several winches to control its movement. Then, as seen in the picture, Yann raised the mast with the jack and cut the bottom 5cm off. The mast was then lowered into its step, and I started work on replacing the broken shrouds and checkstays and tightening/shortening the other wires.

Tue Jul 27 3:37:27 EDT 2010 | George Ray
Hooray!! Yann is truly a magician. I was thinking it would take two jacks.
Tue Jul 27 14:32:15 EDT 2010 | Steve
Excellent and well done. This is very useful information for future reference.
Tue Jul 27 19:01:46 EDT 2010 | Richard Hudson
Thanks. It is nice to have the mast back :).

The first test sail went well. We are still in port, sitting out a gale and finishing some jobs aboard.
Fri Jul 30 19:49:23 EDT 2010 | George Conk
I thought it was great when you announce that Yann was coming aboard. But I didn't know how soon he would prove it.
Now perhaps he could help out with the electrical problems on the 6 volt system on my Lyman.....
The Damage
Mon Jul 26 0:00:00 EDT 2010, Cartwright, Labrador, Canada

The picture shows the bottom of the mainmast, where the aluminum has been bent when the mast moved out of the mast step.

The mast has three pairs of shrouds holding it in place against side-to-side motion, the lowers, the intermediates and the uppers. The lower shroud, made of wire, broke. The intermediate and upper shrouds, were made of a synthetic rope rigging material called Dynex Dux that I'd installed in Argentina and Uruguay. Almost immediately after the lower shroud broke (we only heard one bang), the mast bent under the pressure of the sails and the checkstay, which was made of another synthetic rope called Spectra, bent the bolt it attached to the mast with and broke.

The pressure of the sails also came on the intermediate and upper shrouds, however, they stretched, and did not break. The stretching of the intermediate and upper shrouds, meant that the lower shroud, which was wire, and, to a lesser extent, the Spectra checkstay, took more of the load of the sails and broke.

The mast is stepped on deck. I had not unstepped the masts before, so did not know that the mast step is only a 1cm high aluminum plate that fits the bottom of the mast tightly. That small a surface for the step works fine, as long as the mast is held tightly in place by the shrouds and stays. The shroud breaking and the other shrouds stretching allowed the mast to move more than the step could handle, so the mast moved out of the step and got bent while moving.

Mon Jul 26 4:42:24 EDT 2010 | george ray
Is is possible that the only damage is the bent edges shown in the photo and that the mast can be trimmed aprox 1" shorter (perhaps where it sits) and then lowered back onto the base with appropriate rigging adjustments?
Sun Jul 25 0:00:00 EDT 2010, Labrador Sea, Canada

On a pleasant day in the Labrador Sea, we were sailing along in a fresh, following breeze, about 40 miles offshore. The sudden noise sounded like a gunshot. It took a few seconds to realize that two of the wires/ropes holding the mainmast up had snapped. The mainmast was wobbling, and very close to crashing down.

We got the mainsail and the main staysail down. Yann climbed the mast and tied the remains of the checkstay in place around the lower spreaders and we tightened it with a winch to stop the mast from wiggling.

With a SE wind, we were able to change course and sail northwest along the coast using sails on the foremast alone. We set course for Cartwright, a major town of 600 people, about 65 miles away.

As night fell, we sailed more slowly, for much of the night under storm jib alone, just poking along at 2.5 knots--a slow enough speed that if we ran into any ice in the darkness and fog, it would not damage the boat. The fog lifted with the dawn, the wind died, and we motored into Cartwright harbor and tied up at the dock.

Sun Jul 25 11:37:32 EDT 2010 | George Ray
Glad your ok and Issuma is ok.
Will be interesting to hear the analysis and result of the detailed inspection of the rig that you will likely be doing .....
Sat Jul 24 0:00:00 EDT 2010, Labrador Sea, Canada

Ted (left) and Chris attaching the storm jib on the foredeck as we motor out of the harbor and get ready to set sail.

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