I've been told that dragon flies are a sign of good luck. Which must be true given the amazing sail we had across Georges Bay.
Where to start...we woke to glassy water again at 0600, quite a contrast to the previous 2 days. Photographers were out in full force on all the boats eagerly taking pictures of each other in the sunrise. After an hour or so, the winds picked up across Georges Bay and we settled in for a nice relaxing sail. We were extremely fortunate to be able to turn the motors off, which allowed us to get close to a pod of pilot whales feeding in the Bay.
|Gaila crossing Georges Bay in the morning light|
|Pilot whales in Georges Bay|
|Momma and her baby|
|Getting amazingly close|
|Exploits making her way into the lock at the Canso Causeway|
|Road bridge and lock opening|
While it seemed like we hadn't been travelling very long, the marina at Port Hawkesbury was looking better as the rain continued. The fleet opted to tie up for the night, since making the locks at St. Peter's before the 8:00 pm deadline was questionable. We were concerned however with problems getting through the Lennox Passage bridge on route, which was experiencing problems opening in the heat due to expansion. We were confident of getting through today, but tomorrow forecast was for a return to warmer temperatures.
After settling in, the fleet crews walked to the mall and grocery store which was up hill again. It was well worth it however since the Rear Commodore stocked up for the Rear Commodore's Reception, which featured gimlets and an unusual combination of Hawkins cheese sticks, Vienna sausage and anchovies on a tooth pick. It was definitely a new taste experience. The gimlets were popular however!