We’ve officially been on the way 20 days, 17 of which have been completely off-grid and at anchor, with 418 nautical miles covered so far. There have been challenges but so far nothing we haven’t been able to handle.
Last night at anchor in Les Escoumins was our second worst night, not so much because of adverse weather but because of wind orientation and through 3 tidal changes we were tossed from 30 ° port to 30 ° starboard until just before dawn. You know it’s bad when you have to hold on in your berth,. But yet again our brave little R.E.D. and the mighty Bruce anchor held tight. I guess we have to expect there will be times such a this and those nights at calm anchorages the reward.
But today is a whole fresh new day with fair weather forecast. Time to make our way across the Saint Lawrence River from the north shore to the south, second coffee and PB&J in hand we hauled anchor and set off occasionally sharing the way with the BFB’s. Even with moderate winds the swells were impressive.
We would surf the crest of the wave then drop down and disappear into the trough, then up to the crest again. Water temperature 5.8 ° C. Air temperature not much higher.
Over five hours at times reaching 7 knots we’ve arrived at our anchorage for the night in a cozy little bay at Île du Bic, a protected wild life sanctuary.
If this location and weather proves favourable we may just hang out here for a day or two exploring. If not, there is a mere 5-6 nautical miles to the south shore.