Nearly Home Madame!

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…….

58kts on a Black Night

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.

Windshield Wipers.

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...

Final Golf.

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..