South Coast of Newfoundland

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

Saturday, 29 July 2006

Roti Bay to Margery Cove;
A baffling day in Lampidoes Passage.

Leaving Roti Bay Saturday featured rain showers alternating with heavy mist and a variable southerly wind. We motored out the buoyed channel (not marked on our chart) passing clear of the center harbour ledge mass to starb’d and the aquaculture floats to port.
Conditions in Lampidoes Passage were foggy, with wildly variable wind gusts from SE to West and rain showers increasing in duration as we tried with difficulty to make progress westward.
Margery Cove in Lampidoes Passage Under these conditions when a harbour of refuge presented itself we retreated from the baffling breezes. About noon we anchored in Margery Cove inside a protecting arm, calling it a day.
Margery Cove in Lampidoes Passage
The land rose steeply from the water although the cove had a nice soft bottom at three fathoms. We did some bushwhacking up the hillside along a stream of falling water but it descended so precipitously that there were no suitable bathing pools to be found. Back aboard the schooner John turned to reading and Ed commenced napping after tending the woodstove.

When the nap period was over, it was too late to think about moving on, and besides, it was time for supper. A short, fruitless effort to find a fish gave us the opportunity to meet a pair of otters, who departed after carefully inspecting us. The evening held promise with a full complement of stars, the big dipper directly over the waterfall.

Friday, 28 July 2006
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Sunday, 30 July 2006