Sunday, May 2, 2010


May the First, 2010....well and May 2nd as well.

Our first dinner cruise aboard the boat. The first night we slept on the boat. The first meal cooked on board. First time tossing eggs with Japanese chefs.

Mike and Heather, Andy and Kim and Jude and I sailed from Armdale to the Hamachi House on the Halifax waterfront Saturday evening. The winds were good and we arrived 15 minutes before our reservations...which almost weren't reservations. Enter Heather and Kim to sort it all out. It's pretty sweet to leave the dock at Armdale, sail around the peninsula and dock on the waterfront of one of Canada's greatest cities, at the door step of your restaurant.

Judy and Heather both took a turn at tossing the egg into the Happy Happy Chef hat.  While Judy created a couple of tense moments for our Japanese chef, it was Heather who's egg sprayed egg white across the restaurant and down her back...not once but twice to the delight of our crew and fellow diners at our table.

The winds died off during supper so we fired up the diesel and headed back to Armdale.  It was a beautiful night.  I was surprised that there were several other boats in the harbour that time of night.

Jude and I spent our first night on the boat and enjoyed our first Sunday bunch on the water.  Parker Noohan (our boat's former owner) dropped down to his Westerly 32 and so we had an opportunity to quizz him on Exploits.  It was sort of cool to hear about all the work he did, which makes us appreciate the boat even more.

Jude and I sailed down the Arm after brunch.  There was a military ceremony in Point Pleasent Park to mark the 65th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic.  Just off "Hens and Chickens" they towed the HMCS Sackville, the last Corvette from WW II and released wreaths in memory of the more than 3,000 sailors and merchant seamen who lost their lives delivering supplies across the Atlantic Ocean to Britain during the Second World War.

We have one more weekend before we have to pack up the boat and ship it off to the Northumberland Strait.

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