Impressions from Newfoundland


“There is a reason why most cruising guides for Newfoundland are written by Americans”, one follow boater told me here at the RNYC.
“Canadians prefer to keep this cruising ground a secret…”.

They have a good reason for that as this place is fantastic to sail and explore. With endless coves and bays, impressive mountains, sea live galore and about 10,000 miles of coastline – and extremely friendly and helpful people of top of that.


We had two very pleasant weeks. As expected mostly downwind sailing. Some fog here and there, but by far less than expected and with much milder temperatures than anticipated.
We covered about 1100nm, visited very interesting harbors with Shelburne, Lunenburg, Halifax, St Pierre and St John’s.
With Lisa and Steve, we had very eager new crew and managed to get two more people exposed to ocean sailing.

The gennaker was repaired
Peter’s underwear proudly shows when we are hoisting the gennaker sock now
The gennaker is untwisted and repacked
New holes in the partners have been drilled and tapped, the mast base block is reinstalled
The tele-lens contacts have been fixed
One of Moby’s rotors has been fixed
The safety cushions in the cockpit have been stitched
The bracket to tie the raft down has been readjusted
Diesel and water tanks have been topped off

We are good to go.
Through the week, the new crew of  five will fly in. We will purchase the remaining food items and will pre-cook and freeze a couple of meals.
While it does not look like much wind for our planned departure on Friday, we are optimistic that things will work out.