[Originally Written July 21st]
I’m writing this while anchored at Neddy Harbour, Bonne Bay, Newfoundland. The last time we anchored here was in 2011, on the return leg of a voyage to Greenland and Baffin Island.
A lot has happened since then:
On November 1st, 2012, John smashed his femur in a hiking accident, resulting in a long rehabilitation and no sailing in 2013.
In July 2014 (the earliest John was able to handle the boat), we sailed Morgan’s Cloud from Billings Marine (Stonington, Maine) to our Base Camp in Nova Scotia, followed by a short fall cruise on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore.
In the summer of 2015 we cruised Placentia Bay, Newfoundland. During that cruise John started to feel ill, and over the winter he got worse, to the point that we were considering selling Morgan’s Cloud.
But John focused his formidable problem-solving skills on figuring out what was wrong and how to rectify it (he’s nothing if not tenacious), and managed to get himself back to rights by late summer 2016, in time for a short fall cruise of Nova Scotia’s southwestern shore.
And now, six years later, here we are, back in Neddy Harbour and very thankful to be here.
We’re also feeling a bit tentative after the events of the last few years—there’s just no knowing how long this reprieve will last (but, really, that’s always the case, isn’t it?). So we are committed to savouring each and every day that we are able to be out here.
One other thing. To all of you who make AAC viable by being members: a big thank you. During those two prolonged shore leaves, the site provided us with intellectual stimulation, a connection to the sailing community, and hope that we’d be out there sailing again.