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Upcoming Presentations

08 December 2017
Apologies for my blog being quite far behind. I still plan to add some more entries from this summer in Newfoundland. Issuma is still in Newfoundland, I am not.

Presentation: To Patagonia
Location: Mimico Cruising Club, Mimico, Ontario
Date: Thursday, Feb 22, 2018, 7:30PM

Presentation: To Be Announced
Location: Shellbacks, at Royal Canadian Yacht Club, 141 St George Street, Toronto
Date: Wed March 21, 2018 12:15PM
Open to public, membership not required. This is a lunch venue, and lunch costs $24. Plan to arrive about noon.

Cape Bauld

25 July 2017
The northeast tip of Newfoundland.

Unloading Fish

25 July 2017
Some cod are back in Newfoundland waters, and they have a limited cod fishery going again.

We anchored near this dock, in Garden Cove, near the northern tip of Newfoundland for a couple of days. We walked and hitchiked (hitchhiking is usually easy in Newfoundland) from there to visit the restored Viking settlement at L'Anse Aux Meadows.


23 July 2017
After visiting Red Bay, we sailed north out of the Strait of Belle Isle, then around the northern tip of Newfoundland.

Penney Island, Red Bay

21 July 2017
Red Bay is a town with an excellent harbor that was a Basque whaling station hundreds of years ago. Three Basque galleons and four smaller boats were discovered in the harbor, and there is an interesting museum explaining it.

Red Bay

21 July 2017
We anchored in The Basin, a well-protected spot in Red Bay, Labrador. I've anchored here before--during a strong gale several years ago (when I put out two anchors, both of which snagged debris on the bottom and dragged slowly).

We shared the anchorage with a couple of pieces of ice, which gave us no problems.

Strait of Belle Isle

21 July 2017
Icebergs are always awesome to look at. We saw our first icebergs and bergy bits of the year as we approached Red Bay.

Strait of Belle Isle

21 July 2017
Some of the orcas came close, which was really nice to see.

Strait of Belle Isle

21 July 2017
Not just ships in the Strait of Belle Isle--whales, too.

Strait of Belle Isle

21 July 2017
The Strait of Belle Isle separates Newfoundland from Labrador.

Southerly winds tend to get funnelled into the strait, often resulting in stronger winds. Visibility is usually not very good--fog, mist and rain are common. There is a fair amount of traffic.

So it was nice, after sitting out strong winds in Flowers Cove, to have a light following wind to take us up the Strait of Belle Isle. And not much fog.
Vessel Name: Issuma
Vessel Make/Model: Damien II, 15m/50' steel staysail schooner with lifting keel
Extra: Designed for Antarctica. Built in France by META in 1981. Draft 1.3m/4.5' with keel up, 3.2m/10.5' with keel down. More details at
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