Issuma

16 January 2016 | Caleta Playa Parda
14 January 2016 | Strait of Magellan
13 January 2016 | Strait of Magellan
12 January 2016 | Strait of Magellan
11 January 2016 | Strait of Magellan
09 January 2016 | Puerto Profundo
08 January 2016 | Puerto Profundo
07 January 2016 | Puerto Profundo
06 January 2016 | Puerto Profundo
05 January 2016 | Puerto Profundo
04 January 2016 | Puerto Profundo
03 January 2016 | Puerto Profundo
01 January 2016
30 December 2015 | Bahia Mallet
28 December 2015 | Puerto Consuelo
27 December 2015 | Puerto Consuelo
26 December 2015 | Puerto Consuelo
25 December 2015 | Estero Eberhardt
29 November 2015 | Canal Wide
22 November 2015

Iceberg

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

Strait of Belle Isle

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

Strait of Belle Isle

21 July 2017
Richard
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.

Flowers Cove Sunrise

21 July 2017
Richard
We anchored in small, snug, Flowers Cove, near the Strait of Belle Isle to sit out some rain and wind.

The prevailing winds this time of year are from the southwest. As they approach the Strait of Belle Isle, they are funneled by the coasts of Quebec & Labrador on one side, and Newfoundland on the other. It is much nicer to sit out the stronger winds and rain in port.

When the rain stopped and the wind lessened, we left. The picture was taken at sunrise, as we were leaving.

Navigation Computer Update

20 July 2017
Richard
A few months ago, I replaced Issuma's navigation computer ( http://www.sailblogs.com/member/rhudson/349170 ) with a Raspberry Pi 3. The Raspberry Pi 3 has worked well, and performs better than the older Utilite computer that I have used since 2014.

I still have the old Utilite computer as a backup, and I also have an older Raspberry Pi 2b as a backup.

It was much easier to compile and install OpenCPN software on the Raspberry Pi, than it was on the Utilite. I mostly followed the helpful DIY instructions at http://www.agurney.com/raspberry-pi/pi-chart

Learning how to disable the screensaver was the most time-consuming part of moving to the Raspberry Pi 3. It is good to see that this process is now documented simply at https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/configuration/screensaver.md

Fishing Boat

19 July 2017
Richard
Lots of fishing boats in Newfoundland. Note how many birds are chasing this one.

Ron returned to work and Sarah returned to Issuma, and we headed north.
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 http://www.issuma.com/rhudson/issumaboat/IssumaDetails.htm
Home Page: http://www.issuma.com/rhudson/
Issuma's Photos - Main
Survey pictures taken of Shekin V
14 Photos
Created 29 April 2008