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“Liming” on The Bras D’Or Lakes

17 August 2023
Allan Gray
We often complain when the weatherman gets the forecast wrong, after all it's human nature to gripe about the weather. However, this week although he may have been wrong, luckily it was in our favour. Rain was expected off and on most days this week with scattered thunderstorms; but, so far it been very seasonable with mid 20s in the day time, mid teens at night and mainly sunny all day with light winds. Once the dust settled from the regatta festivities we headed a liitle south of Baddeck and anchored in MacIvers cove for 4 days along with the crews of Whitebird and Arapesh.

MacIvers is a beautiful cove about 5 miles south of Baddeck, we dropped the hook in 10" of clear water and settled in for a few days of exploring. Our friends on White Bird are considering buying some property on Cape Breton and much to their delight we discovered the beginnings of a new development with numerous 3 acre waterfront lots for sale. Over the next 3 days our schedule consisted of 2 hours kayak tours in the morning, followed by an afternoon hike checking out the local real eastate. The cove was also home to a beautiful pair of bald eagles who keep a close eye on our movements. This was the first opportunity that Arapesh had to really ease into the cruising mode this trip and we all enjoyed end of day happy hours which gave us all a chance to swap stories.

We returned to Baddeck early this week for the usual mandatory day of boat chores but also to take in the nightly Ceilidh. The local Parish Hall hosts a 2 hour Ceilidh every night featuring numerous local musicians. Although the music is great the interesting part is they take time to give a brief history of Cape Breton music and demonstrate various styles of piano and fiddle playing. Truly an informative entertaining evening that is worth checking out.

Sadly as the weeks roll along it's time to start looking at weather windows for our return trip. We're only going to St.Margaret's Bay however, White Bird is heading back to the Chesapeake. As the summer draws to a close and tropical cyclones start to increase it is important to move whenever a weather window opens. With that in mind we be heading towards St. Peter's for their annual outdoor music festival over the weekend and we'll hang around the south end of the lake while keeping an eye on the weather.

Today's picture is of Bev and I kayaking in MacIvers Cove.
Vessel Name: Dagny
Vessel Make/Model: Sabre 402
Hailing Port: South Lancaster On
Crew: Allan Gray and Bev Bethune
About: Allan is a retired Montreal Air Traffic Controller and Bev is a retired Elementary School Principal.
Extra: After many years of local cruising and Etchells racing we are living our dream of sailing to the Bahamas. Allan enjoys golfing, cycling and skiing. Bev is an active cyclist, runner, aerobics participant and cross country skier.

Who: Allan Gray and Bev Bethune
Port: South Lancaster On