Fall in Halifax

Canada Travelling
December 28, 2018

September 21st :: Day 89

Hard to believe it’s the fall equinox and we have reached the official last day of summer. The nights are getting colder (9C last night, low of 6C forecasted for Tuesday) and since we have no heat on the boat, we are layering blankets and cocooning underneath them at night. I am incredibly grateful that I brought the Northern Comfort Canada Flag faux-sheeps-wool-lined slipper socks with me that I bought on a whim before I left with my friend Crystal. My feet have never been warmer (or more patriotic). John is fine of course, but I’m basically covered head to toe in fleece while mentally picturing the palm trees we’ll be seeing in a few months to get me through.

In the meantime, we are continuing to work on the boat and prep her for our first ocean crossing. I love these photos of John working on the boat… his ability to walk on water has been coming along nicely…

We’ve officially been in Halifax for three weeks but are waiting for at least one more order to arrive before we depart (our rigid swim ladder is the only thing we ordered that wasn’t in stock and is coming to us from British Columbia). All the sailors here are telling us not to rush… they say that early October is a perfectly good time to head south.  Hopefully they are right…

Hmmmm.  I sense that not-so-subtle foreshadowing again…

September 22nd: Day 90 – The arrival of fall comes with more weather.  Hurricane season may be winding down but the wind here is definitely picking up.  Gusts of up to 40 knots (74 km/hr) early this morning had us swinging, howling, and rocking in our mooring. The rain is here now and in a few hours, things should calm down and brighten up. Definitely need to catch up on sleep… really didn’t get much…

Grateful for the mooring that we are on.  It’s so nice not to have to worry about dragging through an anchorage with these winds.  They seem to pass and we get a few days of decent weather, but then the rain kicks up again.  Rainy days are great to huddle in the cabin under a blanket with a book and a coffee or cocktail (or both) and make note of the leaks we still haven’t fixed… as well as being soothed by the white noise and the rock of the boat on the mooring.

People are starting to head out for their trek south and the conversation revolves around it and very little else at the clubhouse.  We’ve met a few interesting souls – there’s a lovely young French woman here, Estelle, that is soloing and planning on making the trip south as well.  It looks as if she’s leaving in the next week.  She is finishing up some repairs as well and we are now just all biding time, running errands, provisioning, and doing work. Our swim ladder is due to arrive on October 3rd.  Weather permitting, we plan to depart immediately after.

September 27th: Day 96 –  It is officially off-season here at AYC. We got a break from the rain this afternoon and tendered in to the clubhouse to make use of the wifi, try to catch up more on the blogs, and have dinner with Paul (from Blue Eden) and his friend.  Paul’s wife Colleen had unfortunately already left for home in Ontario and Paul was just staying behind for a couple to get the boat ready for wintering in Nova Scotia.  It was nice to see him again.

After dinner, we left the club with time to spare to get a tender back to our boat but the fuel dock office was closed. Apparently the tenders now stop at 8pm since it’s off season… or so said the lovely little sign in the window. (So helpful). So we commandeered an incredibly tiny little wooden rowboat from the dingy dock on another sailors suggestion, and very cautiously rowed out to our mooring. Everyday is a new adventure….

Does this make us official pirates for commandeering someone else’s boat?

John kindly rowed the little boat we borrowed back early the next morning and caught the tender back.  I guess we will have to pay much closer attention to the time now that hours have been shortened due to most of the boaters here either being gone or preparing for haul-out.

It definitely feels like it’s time to start moving on.






Michelle Kauntz
Wild Blue Yonder

Seems you've found us. I'm one half of the charming and somewhat frustrating duo that is John & Michelle. (I'm Michelle) We once had this one-day idea that we wanted to sail around the world. We made a five year plan. After ten years of talking and two years of prepping and postponing, we are finally underway. Feel free to follow us and live vicariously though our pratfalls and adventures as we take our almost-as-old-as-John Bayfield 40 Cutter Ketch out of the safety of Lake Ontario and out into the world. On a shoestring budget. With two fiercely independent people. In basically 300-ish square feet of living space and with not a heck of a lot of sailing experience (yet) ...This is going to be fun...

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