Winter North Atlantic

My daughter and son-in-law looking at storm damage at Flat Rock, a village just outside St. John’s. A week ago the breakwater in the far middle-ground was not spread all over the wharf with the derrick on it. Winter can be vicious anywhere, but it has a special edge here in Newfoundland.

We are heading back toward Nova Scotia tomorrow, or maybe the next day: Eleven hour drive, split over two days due to the moose collision risk of driving at dusk and dawn, eight hour ferry, six hour drive; or at least that’s the theory.

Over the next few days, we may be a little slow to respond to comments. Travel can, shall we say, be unpredictable around here.

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By the way, these photographs were taken after the storm was over. Can’t imagine what the same scenes looked like the day before when it was blowing Force 11—just another winter week in Newfoundland.

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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  • Alison Jan 16, 2013, 12:01 am

    We spent 3 days waiting for the ferry last fall in Port Aux Basques. Good luck. At the least you might have a Marine Atlantic story to share!

  • Westbrook Jan 16, 2013, 12:50 pm

    Now Phyllis also is taking pictures. Hope your trip to NS proceeds smoothly.

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