Cruising Newfoundland

First port of call in Newfoundland: Fortune. A couple of nights alongside with pretty much all the conveniences, and in the centre of a friendly town, for a very reasonable price.

A few days ago we arrived at one of the best, and probably most under-appreciated, cruising grounds in the world: Newfoundland.

Despite multiple visits over 25 years, undoubtedly totalling at least a year in Newfoundland and Labrador waters, on arriving anew we are always amazed by how much there is that will be new to us. And that, coupled with our desire to visit favourite old haunts and spend time with special friends, promises a full and rewarding summer.

Therefore, we have decided, as in past summers, to cut ourselves a bit of a break from the publishing schedule (article every 5 days) we keep through the rest of the year.

So, if there are some longer silences from us in the comments, and longer gaps between articles, not to worry, we have not lost our focus or enthusiasm. Rather, we are out cruising and, while so doing, recharging our inspiration and creativity for the future.

Here are a few photos from our first days in Newfoundland. Who knows, maybe they will inspire you to cruise here, too.

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Once past Fortune, on our way east and north, we are within the limits of all known icebergs, making a dawn start, to avoid sailing in the dark, the seamanlike alternative.
The lighthouse at Trepassey.
We got lucky with a rare calm day to visit the bird cliffs at Cape St. Mary’s. All those white dots are nesting gannets.
Gannet take-off run.
Phew, airborne at last.
Fish stores and stages, Fortune.
Dory, fish store, and fisherman (look carefully).
You know you are in Newfoundland when the stores sell pails of salt beef…
…and hard tack, too. Purity Jam Jams are another Newfoundland favourite.
Humpback whales feeding.
Fortune waterfront scene.
The best part of Newfoundland? The Newfoundlanders. Nice to see a good-sized cod like this, too.


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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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