SV Kiviuq

A journal of the sailing vessel Kiviuq and her owners Marilou Kosseim and Alan Teale

Vessel Name: Kiviuq
Vessel Make/Model: Van de Stadt Madeira 46
Hailing Port: Inverness
Crew: Marilou Kosseim and Alan Teale
About: Marilou is a Canadian national, retired physician and Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist. Alan is a British national, retired veterinary surgeon and animal molecular geneticist. Both are currently UK-based and members of the Ocean Cruising Club.
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Kiviuq is a van de Stadt Madeira 46 in alloy, with round bilge and deeper draft options. The 46 is the scoop stern variant of the van de Stadt Madeira 44, the scoop being developed by the builder, Alexander Beisterveld of Beisterveld Jachtbouw in Steenwijk, Netherlands. Kiviuq is rigged as a [...]
13 September 2019 | Shining Waters Marine, Tantallon, Nova Scotia
05 September 2019 | St Margaret's Bay, Nova Scotia
22 August 2019 | Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
13 August 2019 | LaHave Islands, Nova Scotia
04 August 2019 | Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
28 July 2019 | Head Harbour, Campobello, New Brunswick
11 July 2019 | Belfast, Maine
07 July 2019 | Belfast, Maine
06 July 2019 | Belfast, Maine
13 June 2019 | Belfast, Maine
01 June 2019 | Burnside Lodge
15 September 2018 | Belfast, Maine, Nova Scotia
30 August 2018 | St Peters, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
18 August 2018 | Bay La Hune, Newfoundland
10 August 2018 | Isle aux Morts, Newfoundland
04 August 2018 | Baddeck, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
30 July 2018 | St Peters, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
26 July 2018 | Spanish Ship Bay, Eastern Shore, Nova Scotia
14 July 2018 | Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
06 July 2018 | Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Recent Blog Posts
13 September 2019 | Shining Waters Marine, Tantallon, Nova Scotia

Dorian and the aftermath

We rode out Hurricane Dorian at anchor in Schooner Cove together with four other foreign boats that came in for the same purpose. All the boats rode safely to their best bower anchors, I suspect on long chain scopes of 10:1 or more. We certainly did. It seems that the latest consensus among the cruising [...]

05 September 2019 | St Margaret's Bay, Nova Scotia

Waiting for Dorian

It was going to happen sooner or later. A hurricane is heading our way. After devastating the Abacos and Bahamas and brushing Florida, Dorian is now close E of the coast of the Carolinas, and the current forecast is that it will go right over Nova Scotia on Saturday/Sunday moving quickly in a NNE'ly [...]

22 August 2019 | Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia

Downward and upward

I realise there is quite a lot of catching up to do since my last post, which left us in Grand Manan, so apologies if this becomes something of a travelogue.

13 August 2019 | LaHave Islands, Nova Scotia

Boarded!

After St Andrews it was time to begin making our way across the Bay of Fundy towards Nova Scotia. This we decided to do in two stages. The first involved retracing our wake across Passamaquoddy Bay and around the southern end of Deer Island, then up Head Harbour Passage to the northern tip of Campobello [...]

04 August 2019 | Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

Things that go bump in the night.

From Campobello we sailed southabout Deer Island, an area renowned for its cetacean populations (and thus also populated with whale-watching boats), into Passamaquody Bay and up to St Andrews. Here we picked up a mooring just 150m or so off Market Wharf, the large and well-appointed town wharf.

28 July 2019 | Head Harbour, Campobello, New Brunswick

Going Downeast

We left Belfast just over a week ago on Saturday 20th July to sail down Penobscot Bay with the intention of spending a night at anchor in Seal Bay, Vinalhaven. Seal Bay is beautiful, well protected and not that far from the popular yachting centres of Camden and Rockland. Perhaps for this reason it was [...]

Where on Earth....?

30 July 2018 | St Peters, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Alan
After two nights there we left Spanish Ship Harbour to make our way further eastwards, in poor visibility again, to Port Howe near Dover Island, which is a little east and south of Canso Strait. Port Howe is something of a misnomer in the modern sense, as many 'Ports' here are. It is a protected anchorage with very few signs of human habitation in the environs.

A quiet night passed there before we weighed anchor once more in near zero visibility to cross Canso Strait to Cape Breton.  As the day progressed the visibility at last improved and we had panoramic views of Nova Scotia from the sea for the first time since sailing in the approaches to Halifax.

Cape Breton is a large, reasonably populated island that effectively envelops the Bras d'Or lake system.  The system is open directly to the sea only towards the north, and thus on the opposite side of the island from that we approached.  The southern end of the system is accessed through the St Peters canal and its large lock. We had a nice welcome from the two lock keepers who, once the lock was opened for us at the north end, scurried off to raise the lifting road bridge a little further along the canal allowing us to enter the lakes on a clear sunny late afternoon. Once through we made a sharp turn to port and made for St Peters Marina just half a mile or so distant. There we enjoyed another warm welcome from the marina staff who were waiting on the dock to take our lines.  And that is where we are as I write.

At some point yesterday I went onto both the Marine Traffic website and the OCC fleet map (which derives from the former) to see the whereabouts of other boats and their crews whom we know, and who we believe are in the general area. This revealed that capture of vessels' AIS data, which is what Marine Traffic does, is patchy at best all along the Eastern Shore, and does not occur at all in the southern end of the Bras d'Or Lakes. I need to qualify this though. Marine Traffic captures AIS data, from those vessels that are fitted to broadcast it, in two ways. First there is a system of land-based receiving stations, and second, data are captured by satellite. Satellite capture effectively covers the planet, but land-based capture is comparatively short range. There are clearly few if any land-based stations in this part of the world, so the only way to see the positions of Kiviuq and other vessels around here on the Marine Traffic website is to pay the rather substantial fee for accessing the satellite-derived data. Few of us would do this.

For this reason I intend to post positions on the blog Map and Tracking page more frequently as we head further north and east towards Newfoundland for the benefit of those who wish to know our most recently reported location.  Not all of these position reports will be accompanied by text, so it will be worth checking the map page irrespective of whether a new blog narrative is also posted. The latest position is always depicted with the blue symbol.  Past positions posted without text are depicted by small white circles, and past positions posted with a text page are shown by yellow symbols.

I just hope this isn't too confusing.  The bottom line is, if you want to see the latest position reported by Kiviuq's crew go to the blog's Map and Tracking page through the link on the main blog page. Marine Traffic is also worth checking, but don't be surprised if you see a message to the effect that a more recent recorded position is only available on the 'pay to view' satellite-derived map.

Mmmmm, now where on Earth was I?
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IMPORTANT NOTE: In Map &Tracking above you can see where Kiviuq was located when we last reported a position to the blog. But please be aware that position reporting sometimes goes down. This can be due to a technical problem on board, to a problem with the satellite system or to a problem with the blog site. Therefore...... PLEASE NOTE THAT IN THE EVENT THERE IS NO POSITION REPORTING THIS SHOULD NOT ON ITS OWN BE TAKEN AS AN INDICATION THAT KIVIUQ AND/OR HER CREW ARE IN DIFFICULTIES. Technical/electrical problems are by no means rare at sea in relatively small vessels.