We have completed our first week of sailing and are pleased to report that everything is going great. We are currently on the dock in St. Lawrence and are looking at a few days of high winds but that’s OK as we’re not in a big rush to get anywhere. An added bonus is we have a wifi connection and I get to post on the blog!
We had a splendid send-off from our sailing buddies at RNYC, who came out and called to wish us well on our ‘year and a day’ vacation.
Thanks to all of you for the going away presents, totally unexpected but appreciated.
Al even managed to get his hair cut. Thanks Ruthanne!
We chose Long Harbour, my hometown, for our Shakedown cruise for several reasons. Even though we had been sailing Ingomar since May we had not completed any real long distance in her so if any issues came out of the shakedown cruise we were close enough to St. John’s. Long Harbour is located one hour from St. John’s, making it convenient to get to and from. Also, I have family there and a vehicle was easy to find. And, we still had business in the city, so the short distance made Long Harbour an ideal stop.
But the best reason for coming here is because this is where my Mom lives and I wanted her to see my home for the next year so she would be comfortable with our plans. But of course she was anyway.
We left Long Pond early Saturday morning at 5 am. Captain Phil came along to help out on board and it was fully appreciated by the crew of S/V Ingomar.
The weather was half decent but as we approached Cape Spear the fog enclosed around us and the radar was called up on active duty. Our neighbours and my sister came out to send us off. We didn’t see them but they could see us.
Fortunately the fog only lasted for a couple of hours and we came into beautiful sunny weather at Ferryland. There was the most amazing fog bank hugging the coast that was difficult to capture in pics but made for a surreal image. The rest of the day was sunny with dolphins, whales and seabirds keeping us company.
If you know me then you know how important food is, and the antipasto platter is the ideal lunch for sunny days on the sea. The shrimp were from one of Al’s colleagues and they were the best I’ve ever had. Thanks Sel!
We decided to pull into Port Kirwan for the night but before heading in we had to catch our dinner. Al managed to jig a few fish outside Port Kirwan. I don’t have any pics because I don’t like to watch fish being caught, but yes I do eat them, so yeah, that makes me a hypocrite!
We were quick to bed and started even earlier the next day with a start at 3 am. Our destination was uncertain but we were determined to make it as far as possible. The morning was incredible, warm and a crescent moon on the water. It felt amazing! And the sunrise was spectacular.
The weather did change to fog again but around noontime the sun came out and the winds came up and we had a great sailing day. Even Filbert came out for a sniff every now and then.
We even had to splash on sunscreen and get our summer gear on because the temps were so warm. We also put our selfie stick to good use. Thanks Stephanie!
Filbert did fairly well the first couple of days out and came up on occasion to see if we were anywhere near to land.
Sailing across St. Marys bay was amazing, with so many seabirds, flocks of gannets and loads of puffins. The fog cleared just as we came up the St Marys Ecological Reserve and we were able to see the thousands of seabirds nesting on the cliffs.
We decided to pull into St. Brides rather than make our way on to Long Harbour and navigate in the dark. It was very bouncy going into the harbour but no problem tying up.
The next morning we started around 5 am and made it to Long Harbour around 11 am. Once again the weather was warm and the seas were quiet. Long Harbour is where I grew up and it was pretty exciting to sail up Placentia Bay and into the harbour where I spent my childhood.
And that’s it for now! Tune in soon for the second part of week 1.