Co-Captains Log July 30, 2016. Halifax to La Have

Air temp: 22c

Water: 66.2f

Wind: 11km / N

Mostly cloudy

This morning when we got up we went to the farmers market which is on the Halifax waterfront.  Because it was Saturday morning there were lots of vendors and lots of produce.

Sun Rise this morning on way to Farmers Market
Sun Rise this morning on way to Farmers Market

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Co-Captains Log – July 28-29, 2016. Liscomb to Halifax

Air temp: 16c

Water temp: 66.2f

Wind:  8km SW

Fog

Departed Liscomb at 6:15 arrive Halifax 3:53

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Today is our longest passage yet.  103 nautical miles.  In the Fog. Again!

We were up and ready to cast off at 6:15am.  We ran fast (20-22knots) for about 2.5 hours today to shorten the trip time a bit. We were still on the water for over 9 hours.  Thats Long!!!

We saw some seals early in the passage then at 11:25 we pulled a foil “get well” balloon from the water, but otherwise, it was pretty uneventful.  The fog finally lifted at about 11am.

We arrived at the Bishops Landing wharf on the Halifax Waterfront at 3:53pm.  After a brief confusion finding our slip – they had our boat name as Acadia (my cell phone signal was crappy when I called to reserve) – we got tied up, cleaned up and then headed out for dinner at a little Italian restaurant called A Mano, which was right at the waterfront.  It was delicious. Continue reading “Co-Captains Log – July 28-29, 2016. Liscomb to Halifax”

Captains Log – July 27 2016 Liscombe Lodge

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words so… here’s my 11000 word essay.

Our day at Liscombe Lodge.

TL and I started our day with a run on the trails….

Tunnel under road to some of the trails.
Tunnel under road to some of the trails.

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Co-Captains Log – July 26. Canso to the Liscombe Lodge

Air temp: 16c

Water temp: 62.5f

Wind: 7knots S

Foggy

Departed Canso at 7:00am in a thick fog.CansoToLiscombeLodge

Todays plan was a long passage (64.8 nm).  We were leaving Canso, Nova Scotia, which is the furthest East we will be travelling on this adventure and heading to Liscombe Lodge which is up the Liscomb River. (Yes the lodge is spelled with an ‘e’ but the river and town are not)

Where we are.
Where we are.

This is our first passage on the Atlantic Coast.  Up till now we’ve been on Lake Ontario, Bay of Quinte, the St Lawrence River, the Saganey River, the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Northumberland Strait, but today we were in The Ocean!  Cool right? Continue reading “Co-Captains Log – July 26. Canso to the Liscombe Lodge”

Co-Captains Log – July 25, 2016. Arichat to Canso Harbour

Air temp:  18 c

Water temp:  68.9 f

Wind: 2km NE

Fog with sun trying to emerge

Depart Arichat at 12:51

When we woke up this morning it was foggy.  Not like any fog we have seen on this trip.  It was pea soup foggy.

Foggy morning in Arichat
Foggy morning in Arichat
No fog... for a minute before it rolls back in anyway.
No fog… for a minute before it rolls back in anyway.
Less foggy
Foggy again.
Fog in Arichat
Fog in Arichat

So we decided we’d stick around for a bit.

All morning the fog seemed to come and go in waves.

There was another transient at the dock with us last night, Peter and his wife traveling from Halifax on a sailboat.  We chatted for a while and he provided some favourite harbours and anchorages along the coast heading toward Halifax.  We love local knowledge.

Since we were hanging out anyway, Doug used the time to put the spontaneouscruiser.com stickers on both sides of the boat.  25 years ago Doug installed vinyl lettering and striping, so our DIY project is of professional quality. Continue reading “Co-Captains Log – July 25, 2016. Arichat to Canso Harbour”

Co-Captains Log – July 24, 2016. Ballentynes Cove to Arichat with an Impromptu Tour!

Air temp:  19c

Water temp:  67.1f

Wind:  7 km W

Clear sky

Depart Ballantynes Cove at 8:25 am, arrive Arichat at 6:14 pm

Have you ever had a day that you look back on and think…” Wow, the universe works in mysterious ways”?

I’ve always believed that some people are placed in our path and become part of our life for a reason. Either we need them to fill a part of our soul or to help guide us, to inspire us or to help us through a difficult time in our life. Or they need us in their life to do the same. Maybe in some cases it’s as simple as we are meant to be together: as friends, or lovers, or even parent/child. Continue reading “Co-Captains Log – July 24, 2016. Ballentynes Cove to Arichat with an Impromptu Tour!”

Captains Log – July 23 2016 – Charlottetown to Ballantynes Cove

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Air 19C
Water 73.2F
Wind 11kn W to 3kn SW
Pressure 100.3 kPa Steady
Cloudy to Clear skies throughout the day
T.O.D. from Charlottetown 12:08
Distance 55 NM
Time 5H 46M
Average speed 9.5kts
Max speed 25.8kts
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Captains Log – July 22, 2016. Charlottetown: A Day in Photos

This morning we decided we’d stay put.  The winds were forecast to be high and we really needed to provision a bit since we think the next few ports are small and may not have grocery stores handy.

Mini-Wheat snuggling with her friend.
Mini-Wheat snuggling with her friend.

Roger and Chris (aboard Miss Utah) had offered for us to follow them in their wake today (which would flatten out the seas) and also offered to let Kylie join them on their boat to limit the seasickness but we declined the offer… but oh how tempting. I’m afraid if we’d have let Kylie onboard their boat we might not have gotten her back. I’m sure she’d have charmed her way into living with them. Continue reading “Captains Log – July 22, 2016. Charlottetown: A Day in Photos”

Co-Captains Log – July 21, 2016. Summerside to Charlottetown

Air Temp: 14c

Water Temp:  76.2f

Wind:  9-14km W

Clear Skys

Depart Summerside at 6:36am

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Here are some statistics on our Down East Loop so far.

Total days on the Loop:  44 (52 if you count the week we went home)

Total Nautical Miles (NM) Traveled:  1392.8

Side trip NM: 116

Total Loop NM:  1276.8

Remaining NM (approx):  925

Number of towns we have stopped at:  30

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Captains Log – July 20 2016 – Super windy in Summerside P.E.I.

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To judge? or not to judge? that is the question.

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Spencer hiding behind the grass as the local girls touch up the paint for the season.

It was a little too windy today to be out on the water, so we hung around the sweet little town of Summerside for another day. The Lobster festival is on here this week, so lots to do around town, like walk on stilts…

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