July 9, 2006 - Leaving Halifax
Well, we finally got out of the fog banks on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia and are now in Shediac, NB, en route for the Gaspé Peninsula.
We spent Canada Day weekend in St. Peter’s, Cape Breton and then took the boat to Petit de Grat on Isle Madame to have the propeller re-sized (the theory that bigger is better applies to props as well as other things!).
We transited the Canso Canal on 05-Jul-06 and motored into sunshine at the same time. We got as far as Ballantyne Cove (near Antigonish, NS) that day and had drinks with Jim MacDonald of North Shore Boats, the man who built our hull in 2001. He was quite impressed with all of the modifications we’ve done to make the boat comfortable for long range cruising. We also met a lovely couple sailing Pilgrim, their Whitby 42 from Toronto in the opposite direction from us. They also plan to winter in the Bahamas, so maybe we’ll run into them again there. We exchanged charts, cruising guides and navigation tips to aid each other on our respective journeys.
On 06-Jul-06, we crossed the Northumberland Strait and docked at the Charlottetown Yacht Club behind at 90’ luxury yacht that made us look positively miniscule. Lovely location, but very noisy with party goers on most of the boats until the wee small hours every night. On 08-Jul-06, after doing some boat chores and re-provisioning, we left for Summerside, PEI. Alas, the ill-reputed winds around Cape Tormentine created a nasty chop several hours into our cruise, so we changed direction and headed for the New Brunswick shore near the Confederation Bridge, the fixed link between PEI and New Brunswick. Since the water all along that coast is very shallow, we had to continue all the way to Shediac before we could find a protected harbour. Although that area is also a major summer vacation destination, the public wharf and seaside businesses close down after dark, so we were able to get a good night’s sleep for the first time in 3 days.
We took it easy today, but I did get a chance to finally try out my new folding bicycle. It works like a charm and really extends your travel range when you get to shore. Now if only I could convince André to get one too!.
If the weather remains good tomorrow, we’ll head out for Richibucto, then Miramichi and Shippagan.
Cheers for now!
Andre and Olga on board m/v Mystic Bond
P.S. We do plan to post a log of our journey on our website ( www.mysticbond.ca ), but haven’t yet had time to get it up and running. If you are on the internet, try it in a month or so and we might have had a chance by then to post some news and photos of our travels.