Finally in the North Channel
15 July 2009 | Meldrum Bay
We've been in the North Channel several days now and it is very pristine and relaxing. We ended up having to stay in Meldrum for a couple of days to wait out the weather. For those of you using satellite weather on your boats, you'll recognize the massive green blobs spiked with yellow thunderstorm cells. How about those wind barbs - over 30 kts. following the storm.
In the photo, French Connection is located on the screen and appears as a black boat symbol. You can see that we're in the eastern edge of the storm and sure enough that night we got the down pour along with the lightening - the latter of course we're always trying to avoid.
Talk about a small world (can't get a smaller village than Meldrum Bay), Bill and Sue, we ran into relatives of yours from Chicago (Don and Carol), they mentioned they're looking forward to seeing you at the wedding.
Yesterday we had a lovely four hour sail to Long Point, minimal waves - wind in the low teens. Vixen is still spooked by the boom and constantly looks at it as if it's going to get her but she didn't seem to be bothered by the jib, must be the proximity of the sail.
We arrived at Long Point in mid afternoon yesterday following Adagio through a very narrow channel, it is well worth it with a scenic background of granite cliffs and fjords that weave through the eastern end. Once anchored in this muddy bottom, we promptly introduced Vixen to her 'doggy area' on land. The first trip went well, on the second she took a flying leap from the dingy into the water. She loves to chase waves and the ones coming off the dingy were too much of a temptation. If she could she would have probably leaped right back since the water here is in the mid to high 50's. Once on land she turned into a mountain goat, insisting on climbing all of the large boulders. We had drinks aboard Adagio.
This morning we decided to head to Gore Bay instead of another anchorage. The weather is bleak for the next couple of days, plus we needed to provision. At Gore Bay we ran into friends we met two years ago from Georgian Bay, on their 423 called C'est La Vie. It truly is a small world. Tonight we're on Resolution celebrating Chuck's birthday.