Hurricanes: What The Blazes* and Taking a Few Days Off

In all my years of living and voyaging in hurricane-vulnerable places, I have never seen anything like the graphic above.

Anyway, it looks like Teddy might come and visit us here in Nova Scotia early next week, and even if he doesn’t I can’t believe we will get through this season without a visitation from one of his siblings, so Phyllis and I have quite a bit of work to do over the next few days securing Morgan’s Cloud, our row boat named Fred, and Basecamp, which will keep me away from my writing desk.

Usually we have several articles in the hopper, but we have to confess that we have been doing a lot more playing and sailing on Morgan’s Cloud than writing, so we are taking a week or so off to get caught up, although I will still be available in the comments.

After that, we will be back with an in-depth review of the eWincher electric winch handle.

Below are a few snaps I took over the summer.

Sailing in company and meeting up with friends has been one of the great pleasures of this summer.
In this case Wilson (he of the strange varnish fetish) and Thelma on their beautiful self-built Atkin designed cutter.
A lovely double-ended cutter out of Lunenburg leaves a shared anchorage under sail.
Anchoring with a fisherman, while great in rocky bottoms, is not without its challenges, even on a small boat.

Betty Island. Another stop in our project of visiting as many non-road served Nova Scotia lighthouses as possible before they fall down completely.
The best part of hiking: lunch.
This eagle moved into our inlet over the summer, one of the many things that reminds us of how fortunate we are to live here.

*Inspired by the premier of Nova Scotia, Stephen McNeil. By the way, it worked, in Nova Scotia cases have been zero or close to it for most of the summer, another reason we are thankful.

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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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