Saturday, August 11, 2012

Washabuck and Thistledown

Sail #24: 11/08/12 - 16.4 nm

The crew (Mark, Alison, Allison and Robert) arrived safe and sound from a night in a cabin at the local campground.  We ferried them out to Exploits in shifts just in time to be entertained by Skipper Gee who was attempting to remove an anode from the drive shaft which had come loose during one of the many motoring days.  After several attempts to dive under the boat, the Skipper had no luck removing the noisy attachment.  Mark brought the replacement stern vents which fit perfectly and look beautiful!

We had a really nice sail down St. Patrick's Channel to Indian Cove off the Washabuck River.  There seems to be no end to the secluded anchorages in the Bras D'Or Lake which provided fantastic spots to anchor for lunch.  Unfortunately Allison wasn't feeling the best but she was a real trooper.

We had a perfect wind to take us back to Baddeck and so we worked our way up to Beinn Bhreagh to catch a glimpse of Alexander Graham Bell's house.  We also had a front row seat to watch Prospector in the final race of Baddeck Race week.

There are not a lot of pubs in Baddeck, so we walked to the Thistledown Pub at the Inverary Inn on the outskirts of Baddeck.  Skipper Alan had put a nasty gash in his foot earlier in the day, which didn't improve after the walk.  However, the beer was good and the fish and chips and chicken wings were excellent.  After several days on the boat, the walk was nice as well, bad foot and all.

It was a windy, bouncy night on anchor so Gaila and Fly-Bye-Wire decided to take cover in Hurricane Harbour in Baddeck Bay.  The band in the Baddeck Yacht Club played full tilt again, well into the evening.  Despite the rough conditions, Exploits stayed put on her anchor and was were she was supposed to be in the morning.

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