And still more weatherVicki
2012/06/27, Port aux Basques
Sigh, and bigger sigh. We were hoping to be out of here on Tuesday. But the wind and weather says no. Maybe Thursday, but more likely on Friday. Tuesday evening the wind and waves got so big, and the front of our boat is just sticking out from the wharf a little bit too much, that we had to go out and check all the dock lines. We put rubber hoses everywhere we could to prevent chafe. And we put out FOUR docklines off the bow. We have back-ups for our back-ups for the back-ups. And, of course, the boaty was rocking and rolling, kind of jerky. I had to put cushions on the floor and sleep there so as to not get sea-sick.
2012/06/26, Port aux Basques
Still here, decided to go for a walk out to the shore to take a look at the wind and waves. Yes, indeed, the wind is coming strong, right on the nose and we can'.t head out yet.
Port aux BasquesVick
We have spent the last several days tearing the boat apart to clean up all the wet spots and did many, many loads of laundry. Paul is also making changes to the anchor arrangement so we don't get so much water in, and we re-bedded a cleat. Plus, we are catching up on our sleep, this last trip took a lot out of both of us. Still have a couple of projects and then we can head off.
Land at last!Vicki
2012/06/20, Port aux Basques, Newfoundland
We left Anse de la Riviere-Au-Renard Monday at noon and tied up to the wharf in Port aux Basques, Newfoundland at 9:00 a.m. Thursday. The wharf is solid, but it sure felt rocky under our feet. A retired gentleman came down to greet us and help us with our dock lines. We talked with him a bit and after he left, another gentleman came down, and then another. They are the welcoming committee. Seems they entertain themselves by greeting all the newcomers. We talked and settled up with the Harbor Master and then crashed. We heard later that while we were napping the fisherman across the wharf from us was busted by the fisheries and the conservation people for illegal salmon and they took his nice, new boat. We missed the whole thing! After a nice dinner out and listening to a Newfie band play outdoors, we crashed again and slept the night away. Now, on to washing clothes, drying out and cleaning the boat!
Hove-to again2012/06/20, off Codroy, Newfoundland
I am not going to lie, this has been a hard passage. We keep inching closer to Newfoundland, but aren't there yet. The waves are big and the wind is hard. My new best friend is Bonine, a sea-sickness medicine, been popping them like candy. When I lay down to sleep, my stomach sloshes around like a two-year old on a water bed. I place my 7-pound leg weight across my belly and it keeps it steady so I can sleep. We had water come in through the anchor chain openings and now my clothes are all wet. But we are safe.
2012/06/18, Gulf of the St. Lawrence
Life is strange. When on land we ride in a car being driven by other people and rely on their paying attention and knowing what they are doing. Our lives could change in an instant of inattention. But we are so used to cars, and couldn't live with that level of daily stress, so we forget and relax. On the sailboat, especially during an overnight passage, our lives depend on our partner. Are they paying attention for other boats, are they watching the weather, are they aware of the boat? All you can do is get over it, rollover, and go to sleep.