And here we go!Vicki
2012/07/16, Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club
We are down to the final hours, rearranging the boat, last load of laundry and groceries, returning the rental car. I can't believe after all this time, that here we are. I must admit to more than one butterfly in my stomach. Paul is very calming, he just keeps working the steps and if I follow his lead, I feel better.
Gibbs has arrivedVicki
Paul kept saying that Gibbs, his son and our fourth crew member, would arrive at 4:00 on Saturday. Friday at 6 we get a phone call from him "Where are we?" He had arrived at the airport and taken a taxi in St. John's to find our sailboat. Luckily I heard the phone and we had a rental car. Half an hour later I was picking him up and brought him to the boat. Paul was confused.
Al has arrivedVicki
I am sitting in the clubhouse of the yacht club. The view across the bay is wonderful, two big islands, high cliffs and a big oil tanker. They anchor in this bay because it is out of the worst of the Atlantic but close to the Grand Banks. Oil has replaced cod as the major product of the Grand Banks. The tanker is waiting for it's turn to go out to the oil rig and pick-up it's load of oil.
Royal Newfoundland Yacht ClubVicki
2012/07/12, Long Pond
I knew there was a reason I packed shorts! Finally we can wear them.
We have finally arrived at St. John's. We had fog everywhere on the south coast of Newfoundland about two weeks. Once we turned the corner at Cape Race to head north on the east coast the fog cleared and we had a beautiful blue sky. Lots of birds, even saw some puffins. Now all we have to do is finaly preparations for the crossing, pick up crew members from the airport and we are ready to head across.
Still here - dejavuevicki
2012/07/07, Little St. Lawrence Harbor
Surprise! We are still in Little St. Lawrence Harbor. The weather didn't turn out as planned, so we took the safe option and stayed put. We are definitely now on the Atlantic Ocean and feel a need to be safe. The two days at anchor have been productive. I finished the 990 knots, the 660 webbing into the line and the drogue is now complete. Paul did get the solenoid switch to work for propane so we don't have to go out back to open the tank every time we want to cook. Plus he worked on the hinges for the cockpit compartments to make them safer in case of a boarding wave and made the companionway hatch more secure. So we are getting ready for the big crossing. We are hoping to leave today, if so we should be in St. John's by Monday. Wish us luck!