Drifting

Noon Position:  44 4615. N  062 28.4 W

Course/Speed: Drifting

Wind: 0

 

I awoke to the alarm at 6 a.m., took a look on deck and saw fog and barely a ripple on the water, there seemed little point in getting away too early so I let Paul sleep and made myself a cup of tea.  A crab boat came in about 8.30 to unload and I asked the crew what conditions were like outside,

“Great!” they said.  

“Any wind?” 

“Nope.”

“Fog?”

“Yep.”

Good conditions for crabbing it seems though not so good for sailing, but the forecast is for south-west winds later today and the crabber said the sea was calm so we figured we may as well be at sea waiting for wind as in harbour, at least then when the wind comes we will be ready to set sail and make the most of it.  So at 10.25 a.m. we slipped from the Fishing Co-op wharf and motored out of Sheet Harbor.  When we cleared the heads conditions were pretty much as the crabbers had told us, calm seas on a low swell, fog and no wind.  Well I don’t see much point of enduring the tedium and noise of motoring, burning good fuel and accumulating engine hours when a little patience will soon see some wind and Sylph once more with a bone in her teeth (nautical parlance for bow wave) and reeling off miles courtesy of the earth’s energy redistribution system – i.e. the wind.