At the end of a long and tiring season (albeit fun and successful), nothing could have been better than the warm reception we received in Lewisporte, Newfoundland.
Lewisporte is quickly becoming a key staging harbour for yachts on their way to and from the eastern Arctic. We arrived there after a foggy and nerve-wracking passage from Labrador, greeted by warm breezes and scents of pine and woodsmoke, to find two of our Arctic friends – the other Arctic Tern and Tooluka – already tied up and settling in. The harbour is modern and well-serviced, and the little yacht club is as welcoming and warm and hospitable as only a small Newfoundland port might provide. And it’s a soft landing to arrive in small Lewisporte after so much time away from civilization; little culture shock despite the amenities.
As you might imagine, every boat needs some attention after an expedition season. We spend days just emptying, sorting, drying and organizing worklists. Then the process of getting ready to have the boat hauled out of the water and propped ashore (“on the hard”) for the winter. And then a week of more major (but routine) maintenance so we would have an easy start in 2014.
We kissed her goodbye, put her to sleep for the winter, and left Arctic Tern in the good care of new Lewisporte friends. Can’t wait to be back in the spring!