August 9th – 8 on a 47-foot sailboat

After less than 24 hours to refuel, fill up with water, go grocery shopping and squeeze in a visit at the hospital to resupply our antibiotics, it was time to welcome onboard our next group from Ocean’s North. We hadn’t had time to do laundry or have a shower, nor really prepare to set a…

Arrival in Nuuk!

Winds southwest, a gale of 40+ knots. Thank goodness we’re in the harbour! Arrival in Nuuk was nothing if not spectacular. All day we’d been nearing the strange blue lumps on the horizon. What could they be, that didn’t move in a world of perpetual motion? Sweet southern winds sped our passage, but the sea…

Bound for Greenland, Day 6

Winds northwest, 8 knots. Good visibility, partly cloudy, and cold.
57˚48’ N, 51˚28’ W at noon We have seen no boats for three days, but it’s nice to know we’re still not the largest thing sailing these seas. A blue whale just passed us, lazily surfacing its elegant back, which alone outstripped our 47-foot yacht. The…

Bound for Greenland, Day 5

Winds southeast, 17 knots. Excellent visibility and clear skies. This morning my watch began at 3am, and we witnessed a yellow crescent moonrise closely followed by a golden sunrise. Every day now, the sun rises 30 minutes or essay writing service so earlier, and tonight for the first time, it was never truly dark. We are past the…

Ice Behind (For Now) Greenland Ahead

Has it been only three days since we left land? Our watch schedule, four hours on-four hours off, breaks each day into three 8-hour cycles. Off-watch hours are spent belowdecks eating, washing, hanging clothes to dry, and getting as much sleep as the boat’s motion allows before the cycle begins again. Hours on watch can be wet, cold,…

23 September – Sailing South

As the saying goes, “there are old sailors and bold sailors, but not many old, bold sailors”. And so it’s with this maritime adage in mind that we formed our strategy for the voyage south this year. For the two previous trips south, in 2012 and 2013, from South Baffin Island to South Labrador, we…

Expedition 2014!

Downtime aboard a boat, especially when forced by conditions, is a time for chores and reflection. So this week, as we sit in beautiful Lewisporte awaiting the ice to clear enough that we can reach our leaping-off point of Twillingate, we’re catching up on a few last minute boat projects. But mostly we’re dreaming of the…