Thursday, July 22, 2010

Liverpool

Nova Scotia, not England although England is on some future agenda. I had a wild trip from Yarmouth to Liverpool yesterday. I left Yarmouth. The currents were in my favor for the beginning of the trip and I was moving along at a nice 7 knots. Then I got to the turn at Cape Sable Island where the currents can run as fast as 4 knots. Cape Sable Island is the southwestern most part of Nova Scotia. Even going quite a bit offshore I was still seeing 2.5 to 3 knot adverse current. That was also about all I was seeing as once again the fog was very thick. Turning the corner and heading northeast the speed picked up to about 4.5 knots but the visibility was still nil. In the middle of the night the rains came, followed by thunderstorms. About 10 nm from Liverpool I was seeing 31 knot winds on the beam. Even though I was sailing with bare poles Reboot still healed about 10 degrees. Thank goodness for the autopilot so I didn't have to stand out in the downpour.

I made Liverpool at about dawn. It is a small harbor dominated by a paper manufacturing company. I am currently anchored off their site. There is a marina next to the plant, but when I went in at about high tide I was only seeing 5 feet of water under the keel. The tidal range here is 10 feet so even if there was water at the dock I would be locked in until the next high tide. Fortunately I have enough fuel between the main tank and the jerry cans to make it to Halifax even if I have to motor the entire way.

At the moment it is not raining (but of course it is foggy.) A second storm is predicted to pass thru this afternoon so I intend to wait it out and then set off for Halifax tonight with an arrival during the daylight hours tomorrow. I will let you know how it works out.

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