South Coast of Newfoundland

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

Friday, 28 July 2006

Piccaire Harbour through Little Passage to Roti Bay;
A gentle passage from Pink Bottom to Clay Point.

Friday the 28th started out with a grey overcast and light SE breeze. Off Gaultois there were numerous open boats tending gill nets and a large school of porpoises chasing the same mackerel. We looked in on this outport but passed by as a southerly breeze had started up and we raised our sails in hope and shut down the motor.
Little Passage
The wind was fair and the sun, eventually, a welcome accompaniment to our leisurely sail up Little Passage. There were coves, waterfalls, and aquaculture gear in various states of usage along this protected waterway.
Sailing out of this Passage we found a gentle westerly breeze in Bay d’Espoir, where we saw a sloop in the distance, one of the few sailing vessels seen on this cruise. The breeze carried us north past Bois Island and then into Roti Bay.
Roti Bay anchorage Skirting the western shore to avoid the extensive aquaculture floats and pens we came up just past Clay Head and anchored well off from this low-lying shore. After we anchored, a sloop made its way into Roti Bay, finding a suitable anchorage past the next point up the bay. This landscape is noticeably more gentle than our previous anchorages.
freshwater pool at Roti Bay There were plenty of bathing pools in this small stream that ran over layers of flat shale. As amateur geologists, we considered the possibility that the flatter landscape and muddy beach might be explained, in part, by the relatively soft bedrock. At low tide, the muddy beach offered us a fine mess of clams for our supper.

Thursday, 27 July 2006
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Saturday, 29 July 2006