Captains Fog – June 29 2016

Stardate 94096.19

air 16C
water 65.4F
wind 4km E
overcast, scattered showers, fog developed throughout the day
pressure 101kPa rising
Distance traveled 72 NM

Departed Chicoutimi YC @ 10:30

Is it groundhog day again? I’ve been waiting for Bill Murray to show up at the end of the dock one of these times. After two weeks we find ourselves heading back to Tadoussac for a fourth night. I’m not complaining by any means, it’s a great little town with lots to do. It’s starting to feel a little like home actually. The girl at the marina speaks very little english, yet she seems to know exactly who we are when we hail them on VHF.

It was quite foggy today on our 72 NM route down the Saguenay river from Chicoutimi.20160629_191251 20160629_191121 We had around a half kilometre visibility, so it was time to crank up the radar system. radar
When that green phosphorescent screen lights up it always reminds me of the sonar systems you see on submarines in the old war movies. One ship did end up passing us on the river, but other than that it was fairly calm and quiet with some light rain. 20160629_172904At the mouth of the river there are also two ferries that cross back and forth every 20-30 minutes. The radar allowed us to see them sooner and adjust our speed as needed to avoid crossing in front of their path.

We arrived and tied up at 20:30. 20160629_170316I threw some chicken thighs and taters on the barbie for dinner and then it was off to bed. I’m starting to see what they mean by ‘sailers midnight’. By the time 21:00 rolls around you are exhausted.

Chow for now.


Author: Doug Law

A technology professional currently taking a three month sabbatical, doing the Down East Loop, aboard a 36 foot Express Cruiser, with his family.

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