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Boundless Atlantic Crossing

Boundless Atlantic Crossing 2018/2019

The weather forecast is for the wind to build. If we head straight to Canso the wind and waves will be on the nose. We decide to make a slight diversion and to head for PEI. That way the ride will be a bit more comfortable with the wind and waves on our beam.

 During the afternoon the breeze is up and down but a consistent 15-18 knots. We’re on a port tack with full main and stay sail making 6-7 knots over the ground. We pass Yankee Too a beautiful 115 foot schooner heading north. 

 The chart is showing a firing range off the coast of New Brunswick and we are heading for the keep out zone. We radio the Coast Guard and they confirm that the range is not in use and we don’t need to change course. The wind continues to build as we sail on toward Northumberland Strait. By 2200 it’s blowing a consistent 30 knots on the beam and Boundless is making great time.

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Highlights of this passage include more Dolphins swimming in our bow wave and sighting another pod of Beluga whales. The sea at night is also a highlight as we are now getting a phosphorescent glow in our wake.

 My Cousin Neil Hetherington at the wheel

 

Fuel is not easy to come by in this area and in the morning we arrive at Sainte-Anne-des-Monts looking for diesel.

 Sainte-Anne-des-Monts Quebec

The cruising guide talks about a marina but when we get into the basin all the docks have been pulled for the season. Instead we tie off to a massive seawall and Marty and Neil go on a quest for much needed fuel. Neil enlists the help of a young local with a car and for $20 he ferries them to and from the only gas station in town. It takes several trips but we are able to top up with 100 litres of fuel, Sandwiches from a local bakery and Timmy’s coffee!

 

 
Fueling up 1 Jerry Can at a time

We Depart Sainte-Anne-des-Monts by 0900. The wind is from the North West and we can finally sail. By the afternoon the wind is on the beam and were making 7+ knots over the ground. 

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A pod of dolphins come to play in our bow wave

 

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Rimouski Fuel Stop

First thing in the morning we’re at the fuel dock: 160 litres and $250 later we are on our way. We depart Rimouski at 0850. The weather is fair but we are again motor sailing all day and through the night.

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In the morning (after an amazing breakfast at the club) we move Boundless to a different slip so we can take a closer look at the ding on the port side. Paint has been scrapped away but there isn’t a hole. The decision is made that we can still proceed and get the repairs done in Halifax. With the new plan in place Marty and Neil take the rental car into town to get groceries while I stay behind to clean up the boat. We plan to leave around 1600 on a rising tide and we manage to slip our lines by 1630.  The wind is on the nose but we are able to motor sail with the main up. We continue on through the night.

Monday morning motoring toward Rimouski
 A pod of Beluga Whales

The river is much wider now and In the morning we spot a pod of Beluga whales in the distance, then just after lunch we are joined by Dolphins. We motor on through the day and arrive in Rimouski at 1800. We pull into the marina but the staff have all gone home. Thankfully another boater is around and gives us the codes to the gate and the showers. With Boundless safely tied up we head into town to have a “Brewski in Rimouski”.

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Enjoying a “Brewski in Rimouski”
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My cousin Neil is the CEO of the Daily Bread Food Bank. In that capacity he deals with the Mayor of Toronto John Tory, who, in a video message wishes us well, and lets Marty and I know, tounge firmly in cheek,  that he would be most understanding if we ditched Neil over the side.

 

 

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