The currents are no longer a major factor from Rimouski east
when coming down river, so we left on our overnight passage to Gaspé (about 214 NM) about 8am
on Monday (August 11). We seem to be
always saddled with unfavourable winds. So, unfortunately we motored almost the
whole way. The winds were either too light or right on our nose. Although
southwest winds are the prevailing winds in this area, we experienced east and
southeast winds. By the time we entered Gaspe Bay on Tuesday morning, the winds
had increased and had resulted in a fair chop at the entrance to the Bay,
requiring hands and feet to brace oneself, although the seas were only about 2
metres. We could have raised the sails
again for the last hour of our journey, but after almost 30 hours, we just
wanted to arrive at dock and take a nap.
We had a relatively uneventful crossing. We stayed about 2
miles offshore and in some areas experienced the katabatic winds written about
in cruising guides for the Gaspé.
We would be registering 4 knots of wind, then as we would approach a valley the
winds would climb to 20-25 knots until we had passed.
One of my favourite parts of an overnight passage is being
able to witness sunset and sunrise on the water. We were also just past a full
moon, a supermoon in fact, but I do not have any photos of it. The moonlight
made for an easy passage however. After
31 hours we have arrived in Gaspé.
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