On to St. John'sVicki
2012/07/05, Little St. Lawrence Harbor
Today we leave for St. John's, should take us less than two days to get there. We have many things to accomplish on the boat before heading across for Ireland. It has been so foggy and damp that we are thinking of adding a heater before we cross. It will be damp in Ireland, so it makes sense to figure out a way to stay warmer and dryer.
2012/06/29, Port aux Basques
We are still here! We woke up Friday morning, all ready to head out bright and early and get some miles behind us. Already have been here 8 days. Paul went to make coffee and the stove would not work. Full day of working on it and still frustrated. My heart goes out to Paul, he works so hard on this. I try to ask questions to help him figure it out, but this one really rests on his shoulder. I am the loving wife and keep feeding him food. Plus keep working on the drogue. I have to thread 660 pieces of webbing into the double-braid line and then tie 660 knots. My fingers are killing. But every knot I put in, I think, in a bad storm this may make the difference.
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!