We left Martha’s Vineyard last Monday and had strong SW winds to carry us across the 220 mile stretch between New England and Nova Scotia and then along the southern coast to Halifax. We had planned to go as far as Canso to clear in with in customs but received conflicting information if they still had an office to deal with pleasure craft, we detoured into Halifax instead. Along the route we saw at least half a dozen whales all swimming just abeam and abaft of us. The size of them was quite impressive.
On the approach to Halifax we checked the water temperature. Yikes, I hope the transducer isn’t accurate.
We arrived in Halifax harbour around midnight so we dropped the anchor behind McNabb island to get a few hours of sleep and then in the morning motored across to the city docks to clear in with customs.
After lunch, Chrissy went the chart shop to pick up some charts while Magnus and I walked quickly up to Citadel Hill. The one thing we really liked about cruising the US, was that all their charts are available in electronic format for free. As a result we have the entire US coast NOAA charts (in addition to the Navionics on the chartplotter and the Garmin on the iPad). While I prefer to have paper ones in areas I regularly travel, the electronic ones are great for places you are going to pass through once. Unfortunately, in Canada we are stuck with paper as the only option and until this point hadn’t acquired any for Nova Scotia.
At this point we had 140 miles to go to Arichat so we set off. Still in the harbour, I’m all bundled up for the final night at sea. We left with brisk winds just as when we had arrived, but unfortunately they dropped off a few hours later so we motor sailed a significant chunk of this last day at sea.
Someone was not impressed that we were departing again so soon. On these last few nights Magnus actually let us put a big fleece blanket over him at night while he snoozed in the cockpit. He had the option to stay below in the heated cabin, but we couldn’t convince him to do so. Always has to know what is going on.
Last afternoon at sea. Land is in sight. You could see the wheels spinning in his mind wondering if we were going to stop somewhere.
The nose is working hard. Something smells familiar. Hey guys, I think I’ve been here before and it didn’t take nearly as long in the car.
Skies were a bit grey, but the church still stands out. Hard to believe it was nearly nine years ago that we got married there. That reminds me, I promised Chrissy we would go to Hawaii for our 10th Anniversary. Running out of time to talk myself out of that one… Maybe I can make the pitch that Europe is closer?
By 6pm Friday we were tied up in our slip and being greeted by family. It has been a long haul but the weather cooperated and we made it safely over 1500 miles in just under 3 weeks. And our tally since departing Georgian Bay has now topped 5800 nm.