At about 9:00 last night, after having the entire day of no wind whatsoever, the wind suddenly picked up (of course!). I was worried that I wouldn’t sleep because we were anchored and I thought the anchor might break free. So, after about two minutes of worrying, I woke up at 5:00 this morning (very refreshed too, I might add!). Dennis had assured me that our anchor and the 150 feet of chain would hold and it did. He didn’t lose any sleep either!
I think that the reason the wind came up was because of the katabatic wind phenomenon that occurs here. This is what the guidebook says:
“The katabatic wind is a land breeze that at night blows down a valley and out through its mouth. The deeper and broader the valley, the more the wind will be violent. A breeze swoops down from the hilltops and easily reaches 25 knots, while the rest of the coast has only dead calm.”
Anyway, it all worked out and we carried on to Rivière-Madeleine this morning.
We are officially heading south now! We reached the most northern point at the village of Gros Morne – 49.15 degrees (about the same as Kapuskasing).
Not much happened today after we arrived. The village is very beautiful and the people are extremely nice. I would like to add that if anyone does stop here, the french-fries are delicious (Frites Maison). They are peeled right in the cantine which is also the marina office. A bit of advice though, you really only need the petit serving as the moyen would fill an entire platter!
After we ate the fries (we are saving some for supper), we went for a LONG walk. I am glad we did because I got a couple of good pictures of the coastline from the top of a hill.
We are headed to Rivière-au-Renard tomorrow if weather permits and then we will be one day away from Gaspé.
July 18, 2013 at 1:26 am
I am glad that you are getting some wind again.
Sailling just isn’t the same if you have to motor along.
Being in the doldrums is also a good excuse to stay put and smell the local roses.
Being stranded for a day or two could lead to some pleasant discoveries.
Bon Voyage !