South Coast of Newfoundland

Four weeks along the South Coast of Newfoundland aboard the “Concertina” from mid-July to mid-August 2006.

Tuesday, 18 July 2006

Kings Harbour to Grey River Northwest Arm;
A gray day for the beat to Grey River.

Bold headlands in the fog Our plans for a bath in the stream were dampened when it began to rain this morning. At the same time, it became apparent that the anchor was dragging upstream. We found the anchor badly fouled as we had been caught between the easterly breezes and the opposing stream current.
The morning began foggy with occasional showers as we headed out under power with sails set and a single reef in the main for a beat to windward. The weather improved, and as the afternoon wore on we caught glimpses of bold headlands ahead.
Ramea Island in the fog We passed within a mile of Ramea Island, which was shrouded in fog.
Grey River light By late afternoon we spotted the beacon marking the break in the cliffs that was the entrance to Grey River and then proceeded in under power through the chop set up by the tidal outflow.
Grey River fjord The fjord-like passage inland is a calm contrast to the sea weather just outside the headlands.
Grey River Northeast Arm There is a bay-like body of water a few miles in from which a number of arms spread out east, northeast and northwest. This view is up the NE Arm that leads into the salmon fishing stream that is Grey River itself.
Christiania We headed into the NW Arm and found good holding in 2 fathoms of water, not too distant from the Norwegian ketch “Christiania”, which we had last seen in Baddeck.

Monday, 17 July 2006
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Wednesday, 19 July 2006