Personal log of s/v Rincewind’s shwabbie.
July 19-20, sailing from the Gulf of St Lawrence to the Bay of Islands Yacht Club
From the official Rincewind blog:
We finally saw Cape St. George (from about 6 miles off the coast) at 2pm on Tuesday, July 19. Getting to Newfoundland was the goal of the voyage, so this was a big moment. We set all of our clocks to Newfoundland Time, +30 minutes ahead of Atlantic Time. Lots of houses are visible on the coast, from the rocky sides of Cape Cormorant to the low, green fields of Lourdes and Winterhouse. We are sailing at about 4 miles off the coast for awhile, but then have to jibe farther out to sea to be able to make for Bay of Islands.
3am “emergency” change of autopilot as Vern’s heart (and electronic guts) gave out. Of all the autopilots I have know, he was the most…human.
7:30am Sunrise started to stretch out behind us, with some definition of cliffs and a waterfall in the hills. Then a wildly orange-red that that lit the water and hills.
Back to sleep, partly because I went back the shwabbie nook to get warm! Wind feeling a mite arctic.
Hand-steered the last hour in, lots of houses tucked into the hills. Marina rather hidden but easy to enter. We were assisted by five friendly Newfoundlanders – first contact! Accents everything I’d hoped, joking with each other and chatting with us. Later overheard an ongoing argument about local genealogy.
Surprising amount of bustle here – marina folk, tour boat, families walking around the marina and to the nearby park – where Bill helped me find my 200th geocache and first in Canada!
Dinner was from the local convenience store, a short steep walk up the hill. To my eyes, odd tins, many snacks, cheap beer, and the takeaway counter with burgers, fish and chips, poutine. First Newfoundland women, weather talk. Couldn’t love the accent more and it’s pleasant to be able to chat after the French Maggies.
Which brings us to the now. Ensconced in a sleeping bag and blanket in my nook, looking forward to reading – haven’t been able to at all with lumpy seas.