16 September 2018 | West Greenland
The last few days have been glorious here in South West Greenland. We took ourselves off to Hvalsey where there is a fine example of a stone built Norse church, plus the outline remains of a great hall and several other buildings. These are the best preserved Norse buildings in Greenland and date back to 1390. We anchored just off these remains and tried trawling for Salmon from the small dingy but no luck. We did catch a dinner sized Cod plus a flounder which we returned as it was too small. We have had clear, starry nights with more Northern Lights and took the opportunity to 'bank' some sleep before we start 3 hour watches again.
We moved 8 miles to another anchorage, setting the anchor in 20m and then putting a stern line ashore. Again we tried trawling but the Salmon weren't biting. On the way we stopped the engine to talk to two ladies from Qaqortoq out in their sea kayaks. They had been out since 9am and had been swimming. Their English was excellent. We offered them cookies but they had a friend waiting at the nearby sheep farm with cake. Yes there is just enough grass here for sheep farming!
Lunch time Sunday we were visited briefly by Feli, Suzanne and their son Leedo. They were out fishing when they saw Destiny and popped by to say hello. It was Feli's fabrication company, VVS Services, that welded the vang bracket for us. They had a quick look on Destiny before heading off. Returning to Qaqortoq Sunday evening we are getting ready for the Atlantic. Andy fixed the port deck light by going up the mast this evening. We have plenty of bottled meals, a freezer full of cod, char, chicken, sausages and pizzas. Today, Monday, we got fresh vegetables and fruit plus some treats. Unfortunately, the ship yard are unable to haul us out; a pity as this would be an interesting location for the winter.
The transmission is now good. The three cookie jars are full, as is the cake box. We have a full cockpit canopy but we have also fitted a smaller inner canopy. If we get into strong wind we can roll up the back and sides of the full canopy to reduce windage but can still shelter in the doghouse with the inner canopy protecting us from the elements. From there we can see the screens in the nav centre and using the remote for the second autopilot 'Blondie' (after Blondie Hasler who vitually invented self steering gear in the 1950's), we can steer the boat. The anchor well and microwave vent bungs are in place, there are extra seals on all the hatches. The storm sail is already on its mast track. All the storage area lids under bunks and seating have been secured with extra straps after the knock down experience of our good friends The Freds on Fredoya in Iceland this spring.
We are watching the weather and waiting for Chris Parker's input but are also heading out to Prins Christian Sund to position ourselves ready. Iceland, as a jump or Northern Ireland... we wait to make the final decision. We hope to leave Wednesday midday for Reyjkavik on Monday...
PICTURE: Andy stood in the entrance of Hvalsey church ruin