After the night of the big storm we pulled into Canso Bay, tucked behind Madame Island in Lennox Channel. We found a great quiet anchorage to wait out the 30 knot headwinds offshore. As we are not cleared into Canada there was no going ashore but this area by the southern entrance to Bras D’Or Lake was very pretty and even had trees.We were able to see in the WSW and W Stars, well planets actually Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Venus and Arcturus in a nice tight group. But it is the sunset we will remember. Oh and the trees, oh and don’t forget the Porpoises…did we mention the…….
Berg is the big red dot to the left of the +sign
Been a while since we had such a dark Night and we were happy to see the dawn. However the 15 foot seas we did not need to see!! We were moving around a lot in the rough sea. The crew did great. Note the passenger by the winch! This little bird joined us about 100 miles further up the road and was happy for the ride.
We kept on heading South across the Labrador Sea the wind started to pick up from the NW. We had to push on as hard as we could to get on the top (North Sector) of a new developing Very Nasty Low Pressure. It came up out of nowhere. At least on our charts. We started through the straits with rain squalls and wind into the 30 kts. We noted an Iceberg in the track and passed around it at 17.4 knots as the current was so strong and we needed to be out the straits before the tide turned against us.. We then had the wind keep rising to 58 knots (We actually saw 60!) luckily off the Starboard quarter. This situation kept up for a few hours until it dropped in to the 40s for the next 12 hours. That kept us heading more West than our course warranted. But we were safe if not comfortable.
Here are the guys chipping away at the Blue Berg to get to the Blue Ice..but it always comes off as clear…It really was that Blue..
We are well on the way South towards Belle Isle Straits. The 1st 24 hours have been straight forward with a SE wind around 15 knots and a swell around 1m. We are in and out of Fog and Rain but our flybridge Cover is excellent even in 50kts of wind the other day. It is heated, warm and dry has great visibility, allowing real bridge watches being done without foul weather gear. Getting soft… The issue becomes clearing off the rain, fog or salt spray leading to frequent excursions out to Move de water from de Windies wid de Sqeegy...
It looks Blue on the Berg but it is almost clear when in smaller pieces...
So we nipped over in the Tender and the boys set about rescuing some of the ice for Rosehearty future use. Some is in the freezer as a future accompaniment for Cocktails and the rest resides in the make shift Vegetable cooler/Jacuzzi on the Fly. The stuff lasts forever...
On the way out the Chanel in Nuuk we saw this guy cruising in..a 12,000 year old Ice cube. (From the bottom of a Glacier) Looked to good to be true…
We have nothing but the best onboard Rosehearty. I am sure you are wondering how we steer the boat for days on end. Well the secret lies in our ROBO 2000 Seen here on its way to steer the boat to Halifax. Looks like it could use a bit of maintenance.
We re-fueled yesterday and departed early this Morning We are headed to Belle Isle and on to Halifax. The Weather is Moody, 15knots SE and a 1m swell and low vis in rain. It mirrors our mood. However we shall soon be South in warmer weather. Mind you it is much warmer than last week. Kinda looks like Scotland??
Some times it happens...Make that every 8 seconds. Up forward you get airborne for a few seconds before landing back on the bunk..Fun till you try to sleep…
We knew it was coming..25kts of wind. on the nose. A 4m Sea. Poor Vis and white caps. hard to tell the Growlers and ice from the breaking waves..Was a tense 24 hours on board as we headed South. We are now South of Disko Island on the way to top up in Nuuk and conditions are improving. It was a very quiet boat the last 24 hours as many were not too happy!
We left Pond and out in to the most wind we have had with the acceleration through the inlet we had 40 -45kts for a while but it settled in to the high 30’s. The noise of 50 apparent wind speed in the rigging is impressive.. However we got our way through and headed over to the Greenland coast where we saw this rainbow double.
The 1st Sunset up here was on the 14th of August but it never got dark for week or so after. This was Moonrise over 1 of the many glaciers on the Bylot Island. It was good to see the Moon again but the dark makes spotting Growlers and Bergy bits much more challenging.
This Giant berg was probably over 50m high and was “grounded” in 250m of water.. We turned South leaving Lancaster sound and all its ghosts behind. Down Navy Board Inlet and back to Pond for a few groceries and waiting out a Blow before heading Onwards..Ever Onwards...
The nicest bunch of guys any of us have ever met….Well on a Monday evening... There were ten of them and three of us…we played from 8 till 10:30 PM. It was brisk for us southerners, it was windy for all of us and it started to spit rain but it was one of the best occasions of our passage, an evening three of us will never forget. Richie carded 1 under par..Ian Was Even..
In addition to the traditional “irons” one bag contained a .303 “lead” just in case there were to appear a seal (food) or an errant polar bear (run)
A couple of us received a special invitation to play with 10 of the 17 local golfers at this 8 hole (four one way, then return and play the same four in the opposite direction) course.
A short drive across the peninsula brought us to exquisite Victory Bay, filled with delights including a golf course (center, right), more about which to follow.