17 September 2008
15 September 2008 | El Hierro, Canary Islands
14 September 2008 | El Hierro, Canary Islands
09 September 2008 | Off Tenerife, Canary Islands
31 August 2008 | Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
29 August 2008 | Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
28 August 2008 | Tenerife, Canary Islands
28 August 2008 | Tenerife, Canary Islands
28 August 2008 | Canary Islands
21 August 2008 | Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
18 August 2008 | Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
14 August 2008 | Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
13 August 2008 | Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
12 August 2008
08 August 2008 | Tenerife, Canarias
25 July 2008 | Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
25 July 2008 | Southwest Corner of Gran Canaria
25 July 2008 | Southwest Corner of Gran Canaria
25 July 2008 | Southwest Gran Canaria
14 July 2008 | Vegueta, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

A Sail to Isle Valen, Part Two

17 January 2022
Richard Hudson
Isle Valen is a stunningly beautiful island in Newfoundland's rugged Placentia Bay, and an abandoned community of the same name.

Several months back, I made a video about my sail to Isle Valen--that was Part One.

This 15 minute video, Part Two, is about the history and the people who lived in Isle Valen.

The Eye of the Storm

11 September 2021 | Little Bay, Marystown, Newfoundland, Canada
Richard Hudson
Last night, the eye of Hurricane Larry passed by, as it transitioned to a Post Tropical Cyclone. I was docked in Little Bay, Marystown, and it was interesting.

In the forecast picture, I'm just a little up and to the right of the blue eye (the colors indicate wind speed, as do the arrows).

There was good protection from all directions except north, where there was a couple of miles of fetch. It didn't seem like we would get any north, based on the forecast track, and we didn't.

I had several dock lines tying me to the stout wooden wharf. My boat was tied facing north. The expected winds were East, then West--side winds. East winds pushed the boat away from the dock, and were not a concern.

West winds pushed the boat onto the dock, and were forecast to start shortly after high tide. I was quite concerned about the possibility of being blown on top of the wharf, if there was enough flooding to allow the boat to float on top of the wharf. With some help, I ran a line about 200m across the bay to a rock to help hold the boat away from the dock.

Around midnight, the water level kept rising and went over the wharf, and flooded the road ashore (which was closed). A smaller boat did get pushed onto the wharf, but two people were able to push it off. Fortunately, the line across the bay pulled my boat enough that it couldn't get onto the wharf, and then the water level began falling rapidly, which was a relief to see. At that point, there was just a strong wind pushing me against the wharf, which was handled well by the (many) fenders.

So all was well at the dock, and no boats had any damage. And since the excitement was all around midnight, it was too dark to take pictures :)

Wilderness Laundry

27 August 2021 | Grey River
Richard Hudson

Laundry isn't high up there on people's dreams of voyaging. But it has to get done.

This is one way of doing laundry in the wilderness.

Every town needs a waterfall

26 August 2021 | Grand Bruit
Richard Hudson
This is Grand Bruit, pronounced "grand brit", but from the French phrase for much noise.

The waterfall is right in the middle of the town, and while it isn't super loud, you can definitely hear it all the time.

Grand Bruit is, sadly, now an abandoned community on the south coast of Newfoundland. It was resettled in 2010, so most of the buildings are still in fairly good shape, though the church steeple (the church is on the hill, to the right of the waterfall) has collapsed, with the bell inside.

There are no roads, only footpaths. The ferry no longer stops here, and one can dock at the old ferry dock, which is still in good condition. At that ferry dock is a big sign celebrating the former community's winning of a Tidy Towns award.

Painted on the rocks of the waterfall, in big letters, it proudly says:
Welcome to Grand Bruit

Isle Au Valen

26 July 2021 | Isle Valen
Richard Hudson

Isle Valen (or Isle Au Valen) is a beautiful, remote island in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland.

This video is the story of sailing to Isle Valen from another island.

I waited for a wind shift to leave on, and that shift came very late in the afternoon. I rowed back, got the dinghy aboard, raised anchor and got underway.

I only had 27 miles to go, there was a tight entrance to pass thru, and no way to make it before dark. The remnants of a hurricane were coming, and if I waited until the next morning to leave, the winds would be less favorable, so I chose to leave in the evening and make an overnight sail.


26 June 2021 | Isle Valen
Richard Hudson
Newfoundland, and especially Placentia Bay, has many abandoned settlements. Most were abandoned in the 1960s and later, as part of a controversial government resettlement plan.

Oderin, the subject of some of my recent videos, is one of those abandoned communities.

Isle Valen is another once-thriving community in Placentia Bay. Only accessible by boat, there are several rocks and little islands leading to the narrow, steep-sided channel into the totally protected harbor.

This is a scene from Isle Valen. The abandoned house is still standing, but one winter a storm will come and blow it down. The rowing boat in the foreground has mostly rotted away, though the bow and midships sections are still there. Trees have started growing in the field that was once cleared and farmed.

The Ghost of Oderin

07 June 2021 | Oderin
Richard Hudson

Part 3 of A Sail to Oderin is about the deserted island of Oderin and its once-thriving, now abandoned community.

How Long Stuff Lasts

04 June 2021
Richard Hudson

This video is about how long stuff lasts on a voyaging sailboat.

A Sail to Oderin, Part 2

11 May 2021 | Oderin
Richard Hudson

Part Two of A Sail to Oderin is now online.
Part One was about the sail to Oderin.
Part Two is all about the abandoned community of Oderin.

It's a longer video (19 minutes) than I usually make, and the combination of the length and being in 4k forced me to cut it, so there will be a Part Three coming later.

A Sail to Oderin

05 May 2021 | Oderin
Richard Hudson

The story of a spring sail to an abandoned community on the deserted island of Oderin, on the rugged south coast of Newfoundland.
Vessel Name: Issuma
Vessel Make/Model: Damien II, 15m/50' steel staysail schooner with lifting keel
Extra: Designed for Antarctica. Built in France by META in 1981. Draft 1.3m/4.5' with keel up, 3.2m/10.5' with keel down. More details at
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Survey pictures taken of Shekin V
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