CRUISE ON THE NORTHUMBERLAND STRAITS
by JIM FRASER in WAYFARER NAOMI
Part 2 of 2
Wednesday September 15
Forecast S/W 25-30 knots
Oyster punt with tongs
I woke to unusual sounds and low voices nearby. When I poked my head out of the boom-tent I saw two men standing in a punt. They waved and went back to work laboriously tonguing oysters using long poles with rakes attached to one end....
Since the winds were predicted to be too brisk for open sea sailing, I decided to head through the marsh to
Again, I lowered the mast for the
Views from the Wallace River rail bridge
After a couple of miles, I arrived at the old
upstream until the river became too shallow for navigation before
returning to the
rail bridge. The rail bed is now part of
the Trans Canada Trail and I walked an attractive section bordered with
and woodland in the afternoon. As
evening arrived, I set up the boom-tent and camped by the bridge.
Thursday September 16
Forecast S/W 20/25 knots to S/W 15/20 knots later
At dawn, I drifted down the...
Because I was concerned about rocks off Malagash Point, I continued seaward to round the starboard buoy marking Washball Reef. I failed to spot this buoy and ended up sailing further offshore into Amet Sound than necessary. When I turned to windward in order to tack up
What followed was a long miserable slog up
This tedious beating wasn’t much fun. Plan B arose. Sailing under a lee from
Friday September 17
Forecast S/W 15-20 knots to S/W 20-25 knots in afternoon
I decided to stay a second night at the marina (above). Partially, the decision resulted from my reluctance to be sailing single- handed in 20-25 knot winds. Also I had a passion to visit the fish and chip shop in Tatamagouche, walk the Trans Canada Trail, and slum it ashore. After hitching a ride to town in a tow truck, I spent a leisurely day in the shops and walking the Trans Canada Trail. During the early evening a couple on a local sailboat invited me over for margaritas. Another boat owner, who just returned from his summer cruise, offered me some stores left over from his cruise. When I approached the marina owner to pay my $10 for a second night, he declined my money and said the second night was free. Later everyone left again and I settled down in the privacy of my own clubhouse (below).
Unfortunately, I felt uneasy about the weather. My marine radio was issuing weather warnings about a tropical storm rambling northward from...
Saturday September 18
Forecast N/W 15-20 knots to 10 knots afternoon
By 0400, I had Naomi ready to sail. I left
<>Wind against current created confused seas off
My original intention was to anchor for the night behind
Sunday September 19
Forecast N/E strong winds
As I sat in the warmth of a waterfront pub, I watched a steady wind-driven rain splatter against the windows. Last night there had been a torrential downpour which went right through my canvas boomtent. There are no floorboards over the bilge in the Wayfarer MK 3's, so rainwater flowed along the floor and collected against the aft bulkhead. I occupied myself for a time, bailing the cockpit during the night. Fortunately, my heavy sleeping bag and extra clothes were all dry in sea bags on the shelf below the fore-deck.
After a number of hours deliberating in the pub, I came to the obvious conclusion: The cruise would end in Pictou. The remains of a tropical storm from southern waters were clashing with a low from...
I enjoyed my week's cruise in Naomi. I had hoped to spend a night or two in
Jim Fraser, W8328 Naomi
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