Co-Captains Log – Aug 7, 2016. Westport, Brier Island, NS to Seal Cove, Grand Manan Island, NB

Air Temp: 17.3c
Water Temp: 59.7f
Wind: 11km W
Clear
Depart West Port at 8:10am
Tide: Low 9:15am, High 4:21pm

We’ve been using a book called ‘The Complete Cruising Guide Down East Circle Route’ by Capt. Cheryl Barr to get information about playing the currents on the St Lawrence and here around the Bay of Fundy. We also use it for information regarding potential ports along the way. Although the port info is not as detailed as the Ports books I am used to for the Trent Severn Waterway and Lake Ontario it has been very useful for this trip. Continue reading “Co-Captains Log – Aug 7, 2016. Westport, Brier Island, NS to Seal Cove, Grand Manan Island, NB”

Captains Log – August 6, 2016. Yarmouth to West Port

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Passage: Yarmouth to West Port
Air    15C
Water    67.2F
Wind    8kn S
Pressure  100.8kPa
Tide – Low 7:44        High 14:03
Light Fog
T.O.D.    Yarmouth 7:35

Our original plan was to head directly to Bar Harbour from Yarmouth, but it looks like we would have to hang out in Yarmouth for a week to get a good weather window. So on to plan B! Screenshot_20160806-181307 Continue reading “Captains Log – August 6, 2016. Yarmouth to West Port”

Co-Captains Log – August 4-5, 2016. West Head to Yarmouth.

Air Temp: 13c

Water Temp: 58.6f

Wind: 5knots SW

Departed West Head at 6:55.

August 4, 2016

We left West Head harbour just before 7am which is great as it makes the trip feel short for the kids. It was a pretty rolly passage and I think everyone was up in the cockpit once they woke up as its better if you can see the horizon.

Lighthouse when entering into Yarmouth
Lighthouse when entering into Yarmouth

We pulled into Yarmouth and tied up just after noon. It looks like they are preping for a festival this weekend.

We went for a walk uptown to see what was around and to find a store selling hard-drives (we had a storage disk that stopped working and we are running out of photo storage space).  Doug found an electronic store on google maps so we headed there. It was a mix of electronics, (old and new) collectables, movie and game rental and other random things. Continue reading “Co-Captains Log – August 4-5, 2016. West Head to Yarmouth.”

Captains Log – August 3, 2016. Shelburne to West Head (Cape Sable)

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Shelburne, NS, Boats anchored in the mist this morning.
Shelburne, NS, Boats anchored in the mist this morning.

Passage: Shelburne – Round Bay – Daniel’s Head Beach – West Head
Air    16.3 -> 22C
Water    66.9F
Wind    4kn NE
Pressure  102kPa rising
Tide – High 9:42 @ 1.9m        Low 15:39 @ 0.4m
Light Fog
T.O.D.    Shelburne 6:56

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Co-Captains Log – August 1-2, 2016. Brooklyn Marina to Shelborne.

Air temp: 19.8c

Water:  64.7f

Wind: 3kn N

Clear

Hightide: 7:51

We decided on a fast breakfast this morning, cereal, so we could get going underway.

Ooh My! Jube Jubes in your cereal Douglas?
Ooh My! Jube Jubes in your cereal Douglas?

Captains note: Yes, all the main food groups, Red, Orange, Yellow. Continue reading “Co-Captains Log – August 1-2, 2016. Brooklyn Marina to Shelborne.”

Captains Log – July 31 2016 – Lahave to Liverpool (Brooklyn Marina)

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Air Temp: 24.2c

Water temp: 67.2f

Wind 7km N

Clear

There’s isn’t a lot to do in Lahave, so we didn’t spend a ton of time here.

When we arrived last night we had dinner and then went for a walk to the north to see the cable ferry and what else might be around. There is the odd art gallery, but they were closed by the time we arrived.

In the morning I went for a run to Fort Point about 1.5km south of the Bakery to check out the lighthouse museum. I was never much of a history buff as a kid, but it is interesting reading about some of the rich history in the area. Some of it dating back to the 1600’s from what I have read so far.

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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

Continue reading “Co-Captains Log July 30, 2016. Halifax to La Have”

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.

Continue reading “Captains Log – July 27 2016 Liscombe Lodge”

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”