Dagny's Winter Cruise

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Bye Bye Whitebird

02 September 2023
Allan Gray
Following two days of strong southeast winds we wanted to give the seas a chance to settle before heading off to Lunenburg. We took the opportunity for one last kayak tour of this beautiful secluded area. It's easy to see how the privateers and rum runners eluded the authorities, actually local lore suggests the privateers tied fir trees to their mast to help hide their boats. We finally upped anchor at noon and headed out into St. Margaret's Bay for the 25 mile run to Lunenburg. Although the rain had finally stopped and the wind had shifted in our favour the seas were fairly lumpy for the first few miles. Gradually things calmed down and as the sun peaked out we could see the iconic Peggy's Cove lighthouse in the distance. As we approached Lunenburg we once again were greeted by the Bluenose 2 with a load of tourists. We were gradually passing them to windward in a dying breeze when they dropped their sails and motored off, I guess they didn't like Dagny passing them. The harbour was quieter than anticipated so we had our choice of good anchoring locations and dropped the hook in a well protected spot.

We had all being watching the weather forecasts as Whitebird is looking for a good weather window to start their trek back to Chesapeake Bay. We knew we had a couple of days in Lunenburg while Hurricane Franklin decided where he was going to go. As usual we spent our first day doing the usual chores, laundry, groceries etc while we laid out a plan for our last couple of days together. Lunenburg has so much going on that we easily amused ourselves kayaking and poking around town while planning a cruise ending feast. Lunenburg was home to a huge fishing fleet as well as a fish plant but sadly today only one scallop dragger operates from here. Luckily we had already purchased our stock on a previous trip and dinner consisted of 2 pounds of delicious scallops prepared by Peter.

After a fantastic summer cruising with Peter and Cathy it was time to say goodbye. Despite the above average rain fall this year we all had a great time exploring, telling stories and laughing while we toured beautiful Nova Scotia. As if on cue as Whitebird hoisted anchor Wednesday morning it started to rain once again as we waved goodbye. While Whitebird set sail for home we headed back over to continue our exploration of Mahone Bay.

Today's picture is of Whitebird at anchor in Prince's Inlet

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