September 2013

Tuesday 8th October

Shelburne, Nova Scotia

As I write this we are weather bound in Shelburne waiting to depart for the USA.  Last night was pretty wild with winds over 30 Kts in the harbour so we were very glad to have decided to stay for a couple more days.  This morning the rain is pounding on the coachroof so a perfect time to catch up with my ramblings…

Having had a fantastic time in the UK spending time with friends and family we sadly left from Gatwick on 12th September.  Back in Halifax we stayed with Heather for a couple of weeks (Andrew was back at sea) whilst working on the boat at South Shore Marine.  Apart from arriving back for the end of Tropical Storm Gabrielle the weather was kind and we were able to do almost all the work we had planned.  For those of you interested I’ve done a short write up of the haul out here.

Emma Louise was re-launched on Thursday 26th September.  We spent a couple more days alongside at South Shore Marine, whom I cannot speak highly enough of, and left there on Saturday 28th.  I’d been invited to go racing with one of the guys from the yard and spent a delightful afternoon in the company of Steve Bond, his father and another friend racing an International One Design in the Chester Yacht Club’s annual Rum Race.  The second prize was a bucket of rum and I think we came fourth, probably just as well!

Sunday 29th we made the final get ready for sea preparations and having exhausted ourselves went to the Ropeloft for a beer in the autumn sunshine!  We finally got under way on the last day of September and motored the 18Nm or so to Lunenburg.  Its amazing what a difference a clean hull makes!  I’m sure we are getting at least another knot out of the old girl now that the barnacles, oysters and other sundry crustaceans have been removed and the bottom painted with new anti-fouling.  Just as well as we want to go south as fast as we reasonably can to escape the impending cold weather.

Continued in October.

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