Air Temp: 14c
Water Temp: 76.2f
Wind: 9-14km W
Depart Summerside at 6:36am
Arrive Charlottetown at 12:47
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
This morning when we first set out the waves were pretty choppy and I initially wondered if we should turn back because it was going to be an uncomfortable ride, but once we changed direction things were much smoother, and soon the wind really tapered off.
We crossed under the Confederate Bridge which was pretty cool. The sun was still low in the sky making a beautiful backdrop to the bridge.
There were workers on the bridge, hanging down the side in a basket. We noticed there was a boat floating around at the base which we assume was there just in case a worker fell into the water.
Around 10am I called ahead to the marina where I thought we’d like to stay (the cheapest of the three in Charlottetown) to reserve a slip. Unfortunately they were not able to accommodate us, but advised I call the Yacht Club which took our reservation.
Upon approach to the club, we had to dodge dozens of little sailing vessels which were crewed by kids at summer sailing camp. It was funny to see. Some were being towed in long lines by a zodiac (we think to pull them out of the main channel into a safe area to sail)
Shortly after we got tied up, a lovely 52 foot Bayliner (named Miss Utah) pulled into the Club. We had seen her the previous two days docked in Summerside. After chatting with Roger (her owner) on the dock for a while, he was kind enough to invite us on board to 1. see his inboard motor powered dinghy (Doug likes this) and 2. to tour his boat.
Wow, it’s amazing what 16 feet does to the interior of a boat. It was huge!!!! We met Chris, Rogers wife, and had a great visit. They are on the Down East Loop too and it was funny to hear that they have stayed at many of the same ports.
Doug and I ran over to the Marine Store but upon arriving found out they were actually just the marina office portion of the store and the store was a long ways away. Well really. Shouldn’t the marine stores be near the marinas? Don’t they know we have no car!!! So the cruising guides I was looking for will have to wait until a location I can actually get to.
We tried the Cow Ice Cream shop on our way back to the boat. (Since everyone told us too) Yum…but we have to say the homemade ice cream in Anse a Beaufils, QC was better.
We have had a suspicious (gross) smell coming from the fridge, so I empty it to see if I could determine the cause. I couldn’t identify a culprit, so wondered if it was something caused by our 20 year old fridge (we assume the fridge is original). Anyway, I threw out a couple of things, so lets see if that solves the problem.
Doug washed the boat, a necessary task due to the salt water, then we ventured out to explore a bit.
Similar to Summerside, there is a little tourist area with shops and restaurants.
We finally took the kids for lobster and crab tasting tonight. Not so popular with the kids!!! Guess we will save our money in the future and stick with poutine and fries.
We looked in some of the shops and then went for Ice Cream. Yes, again. The ice cream shop had Taffy by the bag. Fill the bag as full as you want for $7.99. We totally filled it…to the very top…no need to close it the girl said.
They are DELICIOUS!!
There is a sailing school (camp) at this marina so there are hundreds of kids around constantly heading in and out of the marina on their sailboat.
Roger and Chris lent us some cruising guides for New England, so after we returned to the boat I looked through them and took notes for our upcoming section of the Down East Loop.
If weather permits we will head out early again tomorrow.
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