Sisimiut (meaning ┬'the fox hole burrowers┬')
30 September 2017 | 65 56.5'N:53 40.69'W, Sisimiut - Destiny's Winter Home
Janice : Overcast, calm but cooler at 4 degrees C, light snow on mountains
Well having arrived in Sisimiut we have had a little time to check out options. The first night we moored against the Rescue Boat Sisak IV with Gustav, the skipper´┐Ż's permission. However, for obvious reasons, this is not a long term option. The harbour is excellent but small and very busy. The Havnechef (Harbour Master) Solvej M├Şller confirmed there is no space for Destiny for the winter but directed us to the bay across from the harbour. We already knew of this and have found it to be OK. We can access the town either by dingy across the bay in 5 minutes or by going ashore locally and walking into town (20 minutes on the road). So we will be at anchor all winter. The bay has not frozen for the last 6 years. We will rely on our Reflek diesel stove for heating, the generator to keep the batteries charged and the watermaker to top up the water tanks. Janice has already done hand washing, drying it on deck or in the cockpit before bringing it below to air. We will chec k out laundry facilities at the S├Şmandshjemmet (Sea Mens Hostel) for getting bedding done, items that can´┐Ż't be done by hand onboard.
We have walked to the airport and have access to the mountains from our bay for walking or skiing. Our friend Don Ward runs the Didcot Taekwon-do club. He had told us that he has a fellow Taekwon-do friend living in Sisimiut. After our last post announcing our arrival, Lars Lennert Abelsen instantly contacted us welcoming us to Sisimiut and offering to show us around. Thursday we met up with Lars and were given a guided tour of the area, his experience guiding Cruise boat visitors provided us with excellent information. We have been invited to their Taekwon-do training sessions (they are currently training for a competition in Aasiaat in a few weeks). First we need to sort Andy´┐Ż's back out, he has tweaked it.
Until Friday morning, the weather had continued to be kind. We had one night of strong winds, which tested the anchor so all is good there. However, we woke Friday morning to snow falling. The mountains, surrounding houses and Destiny´┐Ż's deck were coated in a light covering, which during the day melted but there is more forecast in the next few days.
When we first arrived in the bay there were 2 small dories on a mooring. Over the subsequent days, various locals have arrived, generally late afternoon, to tie up to the boats and clean their catches of the day be it seal or fish. They then release themselves and floating gently away spend time thoroughly cleaning their gear and boats, before heading back to the harbour to off-load their catches. Thursday the 2 dories disappeared so Friday morning it was funny to find one of our first visitors was a seal hunter who picked up Destiny´┐Ż's tripping buoy for our anchor and tied into that while he sorted his catch. If the weather had been better, Janice would have been on deck taking pictures and talking to the guy ´┐Ż... another day.