17 September 2018 | West Greenland
OK stand down again. 6 hours later and our forecaster Chris Parker says stay in port effectively. Once again we cannot make the 650nm jump to Reykjavik before 'hell breaks loose'. We require 5 days plus a bit for safety, the weather window is only 4 1/4 days and it's a nasty huge system.
A brief but enjoyable overnight stop in Nanortalik today tied alongside a Russian yacht. This morning the beautiful Danish wooden fishing boat (90 years old) Dagmar Aagen, owned and skippered by the reknowned German explorer Aved Fuchs came alongside at 8am having cruised down from Aasiaat. No sooner had their lines been set than we all had to move to make way for the fishing vessel Ajni to offload the night's catch. We saw him trawling as we past by late last night. We all tied up to Tulu and another fishing boat. Aved and his friendly crew are also heading to Iceland ie Husavik. Like us the weather is off putting so coming to the same conclusion as us, we are probably both going through Prins Christiansund Thursday morning and heading North up the East coast to Tassilaq, making use of the calmer coastal weather but against the tidal stream. Its a tactic as we have land close at hand to take shelter in, but an unfavorable current and icebergs to avoid. Sailing at nigh t, which as it is now the equinox, is 50% of the time has a collision risk. Sharp eyes are needed in the dark. From Tassilaq, Greenland, it is 325nm to Isafordur, Iceland rather than 650nm to Reykjavik direct from Prins Christiansund. Which means the short weather windows could prove more useable. With several NWP transits and many years sailing in these Arctic waters, Aved also mentioned that September is the worse month for bad weather. He has made numerous return trips from Iceland to Germany during calmer weather in October or November. Fortunately we have no time schedule to meet so we can wait and hopefully visit friends in Iceland on the way.
Also in Nanortalik was the super yacht Ice Angel. We last saw her in Croker Bay, Devon Island, Canada. She too has had to quit her NWP transit this year. She survived the ice in Canada but has been in Nanortalik a week. Apparently she hit a rock on the way and needs a repair to a hole. We wish them a speedy repair and safe onward journey.
After very friendly 'gamming' (refer to Joshua Slocom's book) with all the crews, harbour master Brian and the refuelling man, we left as they were preparing the dock for a large container ship arriving tonight, so we would all have to move anyway. We are heading 13nm South to an anchorage we used last year with Dave Benbow, so it should be a peaceful night's sleep but up early 5am tomorrow to keep pushing on into Prins Christiansund. Slowly slowly catchee monkey :-)
For the last few days the snow level has been descending the high mountain tops and the nights are getting longer. Winter is coming.
PICTURE: Janice "Look this fender will do, They must be expecting us!"