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July 20th – Gaspé

20 Jul

We decided to leave Rivière au Renard so that we could get to Gaspé even though the weather forecast wasn’t that great. It was calling for west winds and that meant that when we rounded Cap-des-Rosiers, we would get choppy water. Once we cleared the harbour, we noticed that it was quite foggy out although we could still see.
It stayed foggy for a couple of hours but we weren’t too worried because we used the radar, the GPS and the phone app – Boat Beacon (which tells you if there are boats nearby – as long as they have an MMSI number). So, we kept our eyes out for logs (there are quite a few floating around) and other boats.
Here is a picture of the worst part of the fog (this was only for a few minutes):

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We were thankful that the sun eventually came out and we were able to see Cap-des-Rosiers. The lighthouse is the tallest in Canada and was erected in 1858. Here is a link to it: http://gaspesie.quebecheritageweb.com/attraction/cap-des-rosiers-lighthouse-national-historic-site
The cliffs were amazing as you can see from these pictures:

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We rounded the point and were expecting rough seas, but luckily the wind had either died down or had never come up and it was actually coming from another direction so Dennis was able to put up the sail. Within 15 minutes, the wind had died completely…

We did see many seabirds today and a couple of grey seals popped their heads up and stared at us for a few seconds (until I grabbed the camera and then they ducked under). I also saw another minke whale.

We are currently at the Gaspé Marina (Jacques Cartier Marina, to be exact) and will most likely leave tomorrow for Percé Rock. It depends, of course, on the weather!

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Posted by on July 20, 2013 in Sailing in the St. Lawrence

 

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3 responses to “July 20th – Gaspé

  1. Karen Chantler

    July 20, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Wow. I felt like I was on this journey with you while reading this blog. Great photos too!

     
  2. velma

    July 21, 2013 at 7:23 am

    It’s a beautiful area, always love the rugged rock & ocean view.

     
  3. Diane

    July 21, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    It looks so beautiful – you are seeing things from a perspective most people will never have the chance to experience – lucky you!

     

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