Just a quick note. Been traveling from Newport.. left on the afternoon of July 4th headed towards Quebec City for the Transat Quebecâ€”St. Malo. The first couple of days were spent sailing/motoring towards Halifax, Nova Scotia where we put in for fuel.
Halifax treated us quite nicely and we spent the evening getting some rest and left late morning in order to time our arrival into a strange port and lock system about dawn the follow morning. After getting some fuel and breakfast, we waited until the winds died down from 25 knots to something more civilized like 10 knots in the afternoon, and then we locked thru and out into the Gulf of St. Lawrence. We had a beautiful night and day of sailing Northwest towards the Gaspe Peninsula where we ran into heavy winds on the nose again, so we’ve pulled into Riviera du Renard.
Hereâ€™s a shot of the boat alongside â€śRedâ€ť in Riviera du Renard.
We’re going to catch our breath here and wait for the winds to settle down and leave about dawn tomorrow for the last 330 miles to Quebec City. We’re supposed to be there by Saturday afternoon, but likely at this point it won’t be until Sunday. Thatâ€™s a disappointment, as many of our other friends have told us of beautiful sails in under six days!! We’re pushing past seven at this point!!
Though it’s slow going, the land is beautiful, the people are friendly and the work list is still longâ€¦.. but thatâ€™s sailing my friends! We have connected up with “Red,” a German Class 40 and our sister ship, Roaring Forty is somewhere near by as we crossed with them near Halifax.
Weâ€™re all excited to get going again and get to Quebec City and the race village. Once we arrive there, Iâ€™ll fill you in with more particulars and ways to watch and follow the race. As of now, there look to be 21 Class 40 boats in the race. This will be great fun!!