Boating NZ : FREE TO READ March 2014
Cr uising Along the Maine coastline, Victoria does a daily dance among the lobster pots, scattered like hundreds and thousands on a sea-blue cake. L arge flocks of Canada geese migrating south created grey deltas in the sky and the nippy north wind suggested it was our time to move south, too. We had enjoyed Nova Scotia and wondered whether we should return next summer but for now we needed to head away from the approaching ice and snow of winter. The Nova Scotia fog had left us alone most days as we cruised along the coast but now a warm moist air mass hovered over Cape Sable and the Bay of Fundy bringing dense fog. The shallow water off the cape is notorious for its strong tides, steep seas and overfalls, so the forecast of light winds encouraged us to carry on in spite of only a boat length’s visibility. It’s not much of a concern now that radar, GPS plotters, depth- sounders and AIS have eliminated most of the problems when navigating in restricted visibility. We could barely see the bow as we approached the inshore passage that took us a few kilometres within the coast at Cape Sable. A lazy swell created lumpy seas occasionally but we could avoid the worst areas of overfalls. Most of the time no breeze rippled the water, leaving to our imaginations what the area would look like in a gale, or in a calm for that matter. The fog was even thicker as we followed another yacht with AIS up the narrow channel to Yarmouth, and radar guided us to a mooring buoy in the harbour. With no noise from the engine, the sounds of the town carried clearly through the ethereal, eerie shroud. The next morning, when the fog lifted for a while, we were able to see our neighbours and a few hundred metres to the dock. Yarmouth was once a vibrant town, but it has languished since the ferry service to Trees, rocks and lighthouses on the Maine coastline. 86 Boating New Zealand March 2014 Lobster Pot Rock The Words by Jim Lott Cruising_Jim Lott_March14.indd 86 18/02/2014 8:09:51 a.m.
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