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Clouds Point to Igor
Wed Sep 22 10:00:00 EDT 2010

After a careful (very careful!) study of all available weather information, we left Shelburne Harbor as Hurricane Igor was headed for Newfoundland, wanting to take advantage of the favorable winds that Igor would create for us in the Gulf of Maine. The clouds overhead all pointed to where Igor was (several hundred miles away) at the time.

Fri Sep 24 16:33:22 EDT 2010 | George Ray
How are the main reefing lines working out?
Sat Sep 25 6:13:27 EDT 2010 | Richard Hudson
The main reefing lines (which let the mainsail be reefed from the cockpit) are working out quite well--it is much easier to reef than it was before. Your idea of running the clew lines outside the boom, rather than inside it (which would have required more hardware) worked well.
Schooner in Shelburne
Tue Sep 21 10:00:00 EDT 2010, Shelburne, Nova Scotia, Canada

We sailed into the pretty and very-well protected harbor of Shelburne for a short visit. This pretty gaff schooner was sailing in the harbor as we entered.

I've only been to Shelburne once before, in my old schooner Orbit II. I had singlehanded from Provincetown (Cape Cod) and ran into Shelburne just ahead of a gale. Shelburne has a long harbor, offering excellent protection from storms. I had just gotten the anchor down and the sails all tied and gone below when the gale arrived. I was exhausted from the lack of sleep (it was my first singlehanded sail), and extremely glad to be down below where it was dry as the wind howled and the rain and hail pounded on the cabintop. So I have pleasant memories of Shelburne.

Sailing SW
Sun Sep 19 10:00:00 EDT 2010

We have been enjoying sailing southwest. It is quite noticeable that summer is ending as the days are shorter and the nights longer, and as we sail south, the temperatures keep getting warmer. Even the rain (which is frequent) seems warm.

While the location shown is where we are, Gabriela took this picture of Issuma sailing in this area a few months ago.

Wind Generators and Petroleum Tanks
Sat Sep 18 10:00:00 EDT 2010, Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, Canada

We motored through the Strait of Canso, between Cape Breton Island and Nova Scotia. We anchored to sit out a gale in Port Hawkesbury, pretty much in the middle of the Strait of Canso, where this picture was taken.

Cape St Lawrence
Wed Sep 15 10:00:00 EDT 2010

We left the rain behind (on the left of the picture) as we passed the northern tip of Cape Breton Island.

Red Bay Beluga
Sun Sep 12 10:00:00 EDT 2010, Red Bay, Labrador, Canada

The wind finally let up in Battle Harbor and we sailed and motored 60 miles to Red Bay, in the Strait of Belle Isle, where we anchored in preparation for a NE gale the following day. The Strait of Belle Isle separates Newfoundland from Labrador.

The little beluga in the picture came over to the boat as we were entering Red Bay and stayed with us, swimming around and playing, for hours.

The preparations for the gale were straightforward. Red Bay is a very enclosed bay and we set the main anchor (88lb Raya) and a rope to a big rock. I had read that the mud on the bottom in this harbor was thin and didn't hold anchors well. We had no problems with the NE gale, but were somewhat dismayed to see that the forecast for favorable winds following the gale had changed to another gale from the north.

We reanchored, in the north part of the harbor, this time using the Raya anchor and the little Guardian (like a 40lb Fortress) anchor, each on about 150m of chain and rope. The Raya would likely have held us by itself, but one doesn't want to find out otherwise in the midst of a howling gale, so better to set two anchors if in any doubt. Both anchors hooked debris on the bottom, making bringing them back up a long process--quite useful for muscle-building (there is an electric anchor winch, but it only works with the chain on the main anchor, so the 80m of rope on the main anchor was lifted by leading the rope aft to a manual winch). Anyway, after two hours spent retrieving the anchors, we were able to leave the harbor and enjoy a brisk night sail down the Strait of Belle Isle.

Unfortunately, in the second gale, the wind generator (Air Breeze) died. So far, I have not been able to get it operating again. The wind generator supplied most of the electrical power onboard, so now computer use is much more limited, so there may be fewer blog entries.

After the gales, a big high pressure system moved in and we have since had clear, not-very-cold skies and pleasant winds.

Tue Sep 28 11:04:11 EDT 2010 | Kevin Howell
I had never seen or heard of Beluga's in Red Bay or along the coast; amazing.
I miss Red Bay; wish I was there...
Sat Oct 2 16:51:18 EDT 2010 | Richard Hudson
We were surprised to see the beluga also...first time I've seen one.

I wanted to spend more time in Red Bay, but we were pushing to get south and spent most of our time there in gales or preparations for gales.
Battle Harbor
Sat Sep 11 10:00:00 EDT 2010

Battle Harbor

Battle Harbor
Fri Sep 10 10:00:00 EDT 2010

Battle Harbor

Battle Harbor
Thu Sep 9 10:00:00 EDT 2010

Battle Harbor is a narrow harbor between two islands, with narrower entrances. There is little protection from the wind, but rocks at the entrances prevent waves from entering the harbor.

Battle Harbor was a fishing port since about 1775. After cod fishing stopped in Canada in the 1990s, the settlement became a historic site, operated by the Battle Harbor Historic Trust.

Weather-bound in Battle Harbor
Wed Sep 8 10:00:00 EDT 2010

After the remnants of post-tropical depression Earl passed to the north of us, we went to Mary's Harbor, and then to the fascinating historic site of Battle Harbor. More about Battle Harbor later.

We planned to spend only a day in Battle Harbor, but Earl seems to like Labrador, and turned around and came back over us again, so we are sitting at the dock, waiting for the wind coming thru the entrance to moderate before we leave.

Thu Sep 9 5:47:49 EDT 2010 | george ray
Any thoughts of starting a You Tube channel and posting some videos? It would take the travel log/blog to the next level.

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