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…

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,…

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…