Flirtation

 


 

 

 

APRIL 2008 - FLIRTATION HEADING HOME

 

Francine Reporting on behalf of
S/V  "Flirtation"

 

Spring has finally arrived and "Flirtation" is on her way home to Montreal! The crew of two youngsters, Captain Gunter and 1st Mate Leonard, left Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas in calm seas and with very little wind, so consequently they had to motor-sail across arriving thirty hours later for their first stop in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The purpose of this stop-over was to carry out maintenance work and to get her ready for the long journey ahead of her.

And, this is what these two sailors are up to when they go ashore-they party! Sure looks as though they are having a great time-or, are they counting their blessings?

 

 

 

 

 

DAY 1, Monday, April 28th. at 1840 hours.

"Flirtation" departed Fort Lauderdale in winds from the South at 5 knots. At 1945 hours heading east towards the gulf stream and sailing along at 7.7 knots with full main and part genoa in winds of 18-20 knots and waves of 3 feet. So far, so good!

 

DAY 2, Tuesday, April 29th at  2000 hours.

Motoring in Gulf Stream at 7- 8 knots, conditions have been pretty uncomfortable all day with North East head on winds at 23 knots and waves of 6-8 feet. Both have no appetite and are feeling queasy; Gunter not feeling so good due to a touch of bronchitis. Looking at the marine forecast for tonight and through Wednesday they will have pretty much the same conditions, needless to say this is no fun!

 

DAY 3, Wednesday, April 30th at 0830 hours.

 

Now opposite Jacksonville, Fl. and still motoring in the Gulf Stream and moving along at barely 6 knots, conditions still uncomfortable winds 17-19 knots on the nose with sea swells of 8-10 feet. They are hoping to reach Beaufort, NC by late tomorrow night wherein they will refuel and catch their breadth. At 1300 hours wind still 19-20 knots and making 6 knots Course Over Ground with the help of the Gulf Stream current.

 "Flirtation's" position, DAY 3, at 1830 hours: N31.39 W78.79

 

 

 

DAY 4ThursdayMay 1st at 0840 hours.

Gunter called this morning with startling news; he first started by saying it was a beautiful warm sunny morning, calm seas and no sounds to be heard of except for the swishing of the water flapping against the hull. He was puzzled at the fact that the engine had stopped, he looked at the gauges to find out that one fuel tank was totally empty and only a few more gallons left in the second tank. At this point the full main and genoa were out and they were sailing at 7 knots in East winds of 15 knots. So Gunter decided to go on deck to put out the staysail in order to get more speed and in doing so he noticed that the secondary anchor had fully dropped down and dragging under the boat. It took him half an hour to laboriously manually pull up the 200-foot of rode/chain and anchor on board again. Leonard had mentioned to Gunter that he found it strange that they were only doing 7 knots in the Gulf Stream. Also running short on water, so no more daily showers for these two sailors until reaching their destination.

 1416 hours ― Just received Email from "Flirtation" saying that: "Position: N32.48  W78.03. Will go to Beaufort as planned with current wind 6-8 knots will be there tomorrow night could be sooner or later".
 2300 hours ― Fortunately the following wind is in their favour, light but in the right direction ranging from 10-12 knots from the South right through to Saturday evening.  Approaching Frying Pan Shoals, NC.                                                                                                                                   "Flirtation's" position, DAY 4, at 1900 hours: N33.11 W77.49

 

 DAY 5, FridayMay 2nd at 0100 hours
 
Gunter just called but could hardly talk because of his sore throat. He managed to painfully say that the batteries had completely drained and that they had to take turns in hand-steering. All navigational instruments, lights, etc. also not functioning because of the lack of power; the only form of navigation are the paper charts and the hand-held GPS . If this dies Gunter has another two on stand-by. I spoke to Leonard and he said not to worry and that they were managing, but the plan was still to head for Beaufort hopefully arriving there mid-afternoon.
2335 hours--Eureka! they have arrived and are safely tied up at the Beaufort City Marina.
"Flirtation's" position, DAY 5: N34.71, W76.66
 
 
 
DAY 6, SaturdayMay 3rd.
 
Coming into Beaufort last night without electronics or GPS made it very difficult to navigate and unfortunately at approximately 2000 hours "Flirtation" went aground. If the engine would have been running they could have got off, but without it, it was impossible to get free. But, eventually they got towed off and at 2300 hours they safely tied up to the city dock. By then they were tired out and hungry and being so late the only meal they could order was a pizza. Soon after they went to bed for a well deserved good night sleep.
 
Early this morning they connected the shore power, took on fuel and filled up the water tanks and at last a shower, and a good breakfast ashore. The day was spent tidying up inside the boat and enjoying the surroundings. Weather permitting they intend to be on their way again either Monday or Tuesday.
"Flirtation's" position, DAY 6: N34.71, W76.66
 
 
 
DAY 7, SundayMay 4th.
 
Not much happened today except doing odds & ends and going out for dinner and enjoying soft shell crab.
"Flirtation's" position, DAY 7: N34.71, W76.66
 
 
 
DAY 8, Monday, May 5th.
 
They were unable to depart from Beaufort, NC today because of the wind coming from the Northeast at 10-15 kts with seas approx. 3 feet and thunderstorms predicted. These are not good conditions to go around Cape Hatteras.
 
Weather permitting tomorrow they should be on their way again.
"Flirtation's" position, DAY 8: N34.71, W76.66
 
 
 
DAY 9Tuesday, May 6th.
 
Still in Beaufort and not much to report except that it must have been a good get-together last night. On their way out for dinner they passed by a power boat that was docked close by and asked the occupants if they knew of a good restaurant? They were recommended the "Beaufort Grocery Store." They were somewhat puzzled about this name, but they arrived there and it was definitely a restaurant. After having this wonderful meal of filet mignon and scallops Leonard couldn't resist on their return to knock on the power boat to thank them for their excellent recommendation. They were then invited on board for cheesecake and samboca. Gunter stayed only for a little while as he was very tired and still had his sore throat. The 91 year old youngster stayed on and said be would follow shortly. By then it was 2230. The crew of five promised Gunter that they would see that Leonard would get back safely.  An hour and a half later Leonard was still partying with the neighbours; Gunter got up from bed and thought enough is enough "I have to fetch him." With the assistance of another person they helped Leonard back on board with him muttering how much of a great time he was having. I think Gunter was a little upset with him!
 
Today the weather was still from the North but was to change to ESE after 1700. Being a little late in the day it was decided to leave early tomorrow morning wherein the weather conditions are predicted to be in their favourall prepared to face, what is known to be: "The Graveyard of the Atlanticaround Cape Hatteras. Over 600 ships have been wrecked along this treacherous stretch of coast since the 16th century."
 
Let's wish them well for this next leg of the voyage and beyond.

"Flirtation's" position, DAY 9: N34.71, W76.66

 

 

DAY 10Wednesday, May 7th. at  0800 hours 

 
"Flirtation" left Beaufort, NC and soon after was motorsailing in South winds of 3 knots under blue skies and calm seas. As an added bonus they were entertained by a pod of dolphins—always a beautiful sight!
1400hours conditions were pretty much the same, but moving along nicely at 6-7 knots. The next Port of Call will either be Block Island or Rhode Island wherein they will need to refuel again. The cell phone is out of reach so the only form of communication for the time being is the satellite phone or email via Skymate.
2315—Just heard from Gunter, all is well—under sail only making 8.2 knots in South West winds and 3-4 foot waves.
 "Flirtation's" position, DAY  10: N34.59, W75.08 at 2315

 

DAY 11, Thursday, May 8th. at 0815 hours 

Well they sure made good headway overnight; Gunter reported that they had an exciting ride with gale force winds, at times 35-40 knots, from SW and zooming along at 8-9 knots, all under sail (without engine) for the last 15 hours.

 

1430—“Flirtation” is still zooming along at 8-9 knots under sail only, in winds of 20 knots from the west.

 

2400—Abeam of Chesapeake Bay and only making 2 knots with very little wind. No choice but to turn on the engine. But, it will be very different tomorrow! Gale force winds are predicted for late tomorrow afternoon with winds from the North to Northwest 30 to 40 kts.—seas from 6 to 13 feet, and thunderstorms. Even worse for Friday night—again gale force winds with seas building from 11 to 18 feet and thunderstorms. If these predictions don’t change I sure hope they will look for shelter and wait it out! 

"Flirtation's" position, DAY 11: N37.15, W73.26

 

 

 

 

 

DAY 12, Friday, May 9th.

 

0735 hours—“Flirtation” and crew had a very easy overnight sail.

 

1500 hours—not too much happening, hardly any wind to speak of and calm seas, unfortunately matters were soon to change.

 

2300 hours—Gunter just reported in to say that they were having a very rough time—head on winds at 25 knots. Unfortunately, as predicted the forecast came to fruition and “Flirtation” was too far out to sea in order to seek shelter; consequently they are right in the middle of it and Gunter said it was already very uncomfortable. They were contacted by another big ship and were told that they would have a rough time throughout the night and to expect gale force winds of up to 45 knots with heavy seas and thunderstorms and, as forecasted yesterday, waves reaching 11 to 18 feet. As an added challenge the secondary computer has broken down and they are now depending on only the main navigational computer. Needless to say, both Ingrid and I are so relieved not to be on this trip!

 "Flirtation's" position, DAY 12: N39.09, W72.31

 

 

DAY 13, Saturday, May 10th

 “Flirtation” came through with flying colours through rough seas and head-on winds, but not so sure the crew enjoyed it as much!

 

 DAY 14, Sunday, May 11th

1030 hours—it was nice and peaceful overnight with light head-on winds. Finally they are now approaching the Cape Cod Canal entrance.  This morning they both felt like a million dollars as they finally had a shower, shaved; and their first proper breakfast on the boat since over a week—Leonard made Gunter’s favourite breakfast of bacon, three eggs, onion & garlic and toast—they already have forgotten the bad moments! As an added bonus, after breakfast, they celebrated by finishing the last drop of grappa! Gunter anticipates reaching Marblehead sometime this evening, stay overnight, refueling and, weather permitting; he hopes to leave for Halifax, NS tomorrow morning.

2000 hours—Skipper just reported that they had arrived in Marblehead with only the last drop of fuel left in the tank. No time was wasted to go ashore to the Landing Restaurant for a well deserved dinner and treat themselves to a double martini and a good bottle of wine—the conversation was cut short because Gunter was being served his whole huge lobster and Leonard his lobster stew served in a bread bowl. That’s what I like about “Flirtation” there is always a reward when you have reached landfall—celebration galore!

 

2330—Skipper will assess the weather situation in the morning and decide whether to stay put or go for another challenge—destination Halifax, NS.

“Flirtation’s” Position: Marblehead, MA

 

 

 

 

DAY 15, Monday, May 12th

 

0800 hours—this morning weather conditions has changed drastically for the worst—Gunter made the right decision by not leaving for Halifax today and will wait until weather conditions improve. When arriving in Marblehead last night no docks were available—had no choice but to tie up to a service dock, but this morning they were told that they had to leave ASAP. While at the service dock a mechanic came to do some minor repairs to a leaking fresh water tank fitting—also to change some corroded wires to the drainage pump in the garage which caused the pump to stop functioning.

 

1200 hours—in a 25-knot head-on wind they motored around the bend to Salem and headed for an available dock. It was very difficult to manoeuvre the boat—even with the bow thruster it was impossible to turn the boat around. Leonard said that it was quite a challenge to avoid hitting other boats on each side of the approx. 55-foot channel—it was a pretty chilling ordeal!—unfortunately they could not stay there for too long as this was a private marina.

 

1800 hours—Gunter got the help of a towing service to assist him to free “Flirtation” from the dock and headed to the Pickering Wharf Marina—still in Salem.

 

2330 hours—since the weather will not be improving for the next few days, Gunter has decided to come home for a few days and return when the weather conditions will be favourable. Leonard is happy to stay in Salem and be the boatsitter and, no doubt, will enjoy making new acquaintances.

 

I will resume my reporting when “Flirtation” gets underway again.

"Flirtation's" position, DAY 15: N42° 31.16', W70° 53.35'

 

 

 

 

DAY 16, Wednesday, May 21st.

 

1200 hours—“Flirtation” departed Salem, MA under sunny blue skies in SE winds of 11 knots and heading towards Halifax, NS. The predicted weather forecast for this stretch appears to be good and with unforeseen problems she should arrive there in approximately forty-eight hours. 

 

Entrance to Salem Harbor

                          Entrance to Salem Harbor
 

1400 hours—just heard from the sailors—under sail only and moving along nicely at 7-8 knots with a slight swell on the ocean. With grappa in hand both confirmed conditions couldn't be better!

 

2015 hours—sailing along on a beam reach at 8-9 knots in 22-knot winds—averaging 7 knots. Both very happy to be back on the high seas!

 

2300 hours—motorsailing at 6-7 knots under moonlit sky with a gentle swell, but uncomfortable as the wind is from behind so this causes the boat to roll from side to side. During this time Leonard was off duty and having his 4-hour off down below in the saloon and he actually rolled off his bed while sleeping, fortunately he didn’t get hurt! Gunter was on duty for his 4-hour watch but has his usual 20-minute in-between naps in the cockpit. As a result from this rocking dinner was skipped tonight!

"Flirtation's" position, DAY 16: N42.44, W69.08

 

 

 

DAY 17, Thursday, May 22nd.

 

0900 hours—“Flirtation” reported that the conditions were still uncomfortable in SW winds of 13-14 knots and moving along at 7.4 knots under motor and sails.

 

2300 hours—unfortunately, early in the evening, they encountered a problem with the engine—thick smoke was spewing out of the engine room and they were unable to figure out what the problem was. Consequently they will not be running the engine and will have the problem looked into when they reach Halifax. Since they can only use the sails in very light winds and against the current they are crawling along at 1 knot.

 

As if that wasn’t enough, when Gunter checked the engine room water had risen up to the belts—he discovered that the sleeve at the propeller shaft had come loose which caused the water to gush in, but he soon stopped the leak by tightening the fitting to the shaft. Fortunately the bilge pumps soon pumped the water out and the engine room was dry again. Needless to say that Gunter was tired out and running out of patience by this time!

 

After all this commotion, Leonard, managed to heat up some soup for their dinner and soon after went for his 4-hour watch! Skipper said that there was nothing to be concerned about and that all was under control!

"Flirtation's" position, DAY 17: N43.12, W66.00

 

 

 

 

DAY 18, Friday, May 23rd.

 

0800 hours—Land ahoy! Happy to report that “Flirtation” is still afloat this morning! Unfortunately very slow progress was made overnight because of the current and light winds. Apart from Gunter’s 20-minute snoozes he was on watch all night because of continuously having to adjust the sails, but the First Mate took over the helm this morning to let the skipper get some rest. They now estimate that they will reach the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron only tomorrow morning.

 

2330 hours—moving along still with sails only but at a slow pace; they are twenty-five miles away from the Halifax Harbour and anticipate arriving around 0500. The conditions have been benign all day which made it easy for Leonard to prepare a nice steak dinner and a good bottle of vino. It will be a long night again!

"Flirtation's" position, DAY 18: N44.08, W63.55

 

 

 

 

DAY 19, Saturday, May 24th.

 

0830 hours—"Flirtation" arrived in Halifax safely but with very little power from the engine, just barely enough to dock. Gunter is somewhat disappointed the fact that they lost one day—but, in sailing it is difficult to keep to a schedule, you go along with the elements of the weather and whatever mishaps that happen along the way—and there is always an unexpected surprise around the corner!

1630 hours—a Yanmar mechanic diagnosed the problem of the engine and discovered that the turbo charger was completely clogged with dirt and debris and this is what caused the engine to smoke and reduce the power to a bare minimum. Once it was all cleaned up it performed to its full revs and ran like a charm. So they are ready to leave again, but the Skipper has decided to stay in Halifax for the night, go ashore for a good dinner and take off early in the morning. First mate is quite happy with this decision!
 "Flirtation's" position, DAY 19: N44.37, W63.34

 

 

 

 

DAY 20, Sunday, May 25th.

 

0800 hours—"Flirtation" departed Halifax this morning in beautiful but chilly temperature. They were overjoyed once again by the performance of the engine and were making good speed of 8 knots. With the fuel tanks full they hope to reach Gaspé before refueling again.

                                                                                   

2100 hours—just received a call from Gunter via satellite phone, but the reception was very poor—it sounded as though they will be at the entrance of the Canso Canal around 0100 hours. They are making good progress!

"Flirtation's" position, @ 1530 hours DAY 20: N44.47, W62.23

 

 

 

 

DAY 21, Monday, May 26th.

 

0700 hours—"Flirtation" went through the Canso locks without any delay. The weather was great and they are loving it, except for the engine which is still emitting a bit of smoke; let’s hope it will take them home before it gets any worse! The Skipper was happy with his First Mate last night as he served a wonderful dinner of pork chops, onions and pasta—I’m sure there was plenty of garlic in their too—together with a fine bottle of wine! I think the reason they are so elated is the fact that they are on a countdown—if no more delays they should be in home port in six more days!

                                                                                               

1100 hours—they are motor-sailing with main only in the Northumberland Straits. The boat is pitching and at times the bow disappearing under the waves; wind gusts of 33 knots.

 

1845 hours—Gunter called to say that they are using more fuel than anticipated due to head-on wind and waves, so the next stop will be Shediac for refueling.

"Flirtation's" position, @ 1845 hours—DAY 21: N46.01, W63.11

 

 

 

DAY 22, Tuesday, May 27th.

 

0700 hours—"Flirtation" made it to Shediac for refueling. Günter reported at this time that at 0100 he had to do some minor repairs to the generator—it had been running in order to create heat in the boat, but had suddenly stopped. Upon inspection it was discovered that the drive-belt had broken off—Günter replaced the belt and the problem was solved. By then the Skipper was very tired and soon took his catnap while Leonard took over the watch, but as they were approaching the Confederation Bridge around 0200 hours both were on the lookout. It is very confusing to approach this spectacular bridge in the dark of the night as there are many blinding lights which make it very tricky to spot the navigation buoys.

 

The Confederation Bridge is a bridge spanning the Abegweit Passage of Northumberland Strait, linking Prince Edward Island with the mainland of New Brunswick. Construction took place from the fall of 1993 to the spring of 1997, costing $1.3 billion. The 12.9-kilometre (8.02 miles) long bridge opened on 31 May 1997. The crossing takes approximately 10 minutes.

 

  

 

1100 hours—after having a nice breakfast ashore and replenishing their provisions which comprised of lobster and mussels (for dinner tonight)—plus an extra four lobsters which will be consumed upon their arrival in Montreal by the Skipper, 1st. Mate, Ingrid and I—that’s if the lobsters will last that long! Back on board Leonard didn’t waste any time to cast off the dock lines and “Flirtation” was soon motorsailing in southwesterly winds.

 

1415 hours—just got a report announcing that they are experiencing an exhilarating sail and making 8 knots in a SW wind of 32 knots, but had to cut the conversation short as they were experiencing a squall.

 

1945 hours—merrily motorsailing along at 7–8 knots and in 10-ft. seas with wind from the NNW. Günter said that he was looking forward to his dinner tonight of lobster and mussels which Leonard will prepare when he gets up from his snooze.

"Flirtation's" position, @ 1945 hours—DAY 22: N47.08, W64.26

 

 

 

 

DAY 23, Wednesday, May 28th.

 

0800 hours—"Flirtation" reports that they have been sailing under the power of the wind throughout the night and are sailing by the fascinating landscape of the Bonaventure Island at 67 knots, it is almost covered with birds (the white on the island is not snow, it is birds), specifically, Northern Gannets, constantly flying in and out—together with the sound of the birds it is simply breathtaking.

 

293 different species of birds have been recorded as visiting, migrating to, or living on Bonaventure Island. The most common bird found on the island is the Northern Gannet. The island is home to the second-largest colony of gannets in the world, with over 30,000 nesting pairs. Other populous colonies include the Black-legged Kittiwake and the common murre. Seagulls, terns, black guillemots, auks, herring gulls, great black-backed gulls, razorbills, Leach's Storm-Petrels, great cormorants, double-crested cormorants, Atlantic puffins, boreal chickadees and Blackpoll warblers can also be observed on Bonaventure.

 

 

1700 hours—they are presently encountering some pretty rough weather with head-on gale force winds of 3538 knots and motoring at only 23 knots. While abeam of Rivière-au-Renard they were contacted by the Coast Guard warning them of the gale force winds predicted throughout the night and to consider taking shelter, they also wanted to know how many people were on board. Gunter elected to carry on as they were used to these conditions by now, but if unbearable they would seek shelter somewhere along the way and said that they would diligently take their four-on/four-off hour watch and will keep alert. The Skipper always welcomes a challenge!—“what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.”

 

2245 hours—Gunter is on watch and reports that gales appear to be over and that they are motorsailing in varying strong winds and healing like crazy!

 

2400 hours—“Flirtation’s” last report of the night and just to say that conditions have eased up and using the engine only—no sails, and it is now Leonard’s turn to be on his 4-hour watch.

"Flirtation's" position, @ 2400 hours—DAY 23: N49.16, W65.11

 

 

 

 

DAY 24, Thursday, May 29th.

 

0745 hours—“Flirtation” has had a rough night—gale after gale after gale in at least 35-knot winds from the west—straight on the nose—punching through the 45 ft. waves and using up her fuel, boat speed varying at 1.5 to 2.5 knots. The Coast Guard and the weather service were pretty accurate in their predictions! The Skipper mentioned a few times during the course of this voyage the following, and this time I will quote his words: “I will not do this trip again.” He said that it was not so much the weather conditions, but the delays. So! needless to say that Ingrid and I will not be relishing those lobsters on Sunday. They are contemplating on refueling either in Tadoussac or Rimouski. The weather service predicts these same conditions for the next twenty-four hours—will they seek shelter?

 

 As you will observe from this morning’s coordinates “Flirtation” has hardly made progress overnight.

"Flirtation's" position, @ 0745 hours—DAY 24: N49.14, W65.53

 

 

1600 hours—at last “Flirtation” went for refuge at a small fishing hamlet (a community of about 12 houses) called Petite Tourelle on the Gaspé Peninsula, which is just east of Ste-Anne-des-Monts. The weather conditions are still horrendous; at times they were only making 0.5 of a knot and at best 1.5 knots. Günter is totally exhausted and will now retire for as long as needed in order to catch up on his sleep. As for Leonard he called not long after docking and,  surprisingly so,  sounded full of energy, I guess he doesn’t have the responsibilities that Günter has! I think the courage and stamina these two sailors have is simply, well—for me, difficult to comprehend! The intention is to stay there overnight and possibly tomorrow as well, as the foreseen weather still calls for gale force winds and not in their favoured direction. They will refuel here and be on their way as soon as weather permits.

"Flirtation's" position, @ 1600 hours—DAY 24: N49.16, W66.36  

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAY 25, Friday, May 30th.

 

0700 hours—Günter called early this morning to announce that they were so tired last night that they fell asleep over dinner—Günter woke up when his glass of wine dropped out of his hand and spilled over the couch. And, guess who ate our lobsters last night—lobsters we were to have for our dinner on Sunday at the yacht club on their arrival? They will assess the weather situation and decide whether to be on their way again or wait another day. They were able to get 400 litres of fuel at this small fishing hamlet so before long they will need to replenish the fuel tanks again.

 

1445 hours—the crew decided to depart Petite Tourelle. It was a bit of a challenge coming out of this narrow channel with the strong wind and Günter had to put the engine full speed so as not to get pushed on the rocks—oh, what a thrill! On making the turn in the St. Lawrence River the wind was on the nose again but manageable as they were able to motor at 3-4 knots.

 

2015 hours—the wind is still from the west at 17 knots and with the aid of the tide of 3 knots pushing them along they are making good speed at 6.9 knots. They hope to reach Tadoussac tomorrow afternoon.

"Flirtation's" position, @ 2015 hours—DAY 25: N49.03, W67.00

 

 

 

 

DAY 26, Saturday, May 31st.

 

0700 hours—“Flirtation” reporting that they had a good night with calm seas motoring in east winds of 4–5 knots and making good headway at 7.5 knots pretty well through the night. Unfortunately early this morning the engine couldn’t reach it’s full rpm’s and black smoke was blowing out of the engine exhaust again; Gunter checked the turbo charger oil filter and sure enough it was completely congested with caked on oil which had hardened to the screen of the filter, together with other debris, but once it was cleared the engine performed to its full potential.

 

1100 hours—they are still maintaining pretty good speed with main sail only. They have been sailing most of the time and therefore not too much fuel was consumed and they believe that they have enough fuel to make it to Quebec City by tomorrow afternoon. Although they are in whale territory, Günter spotted only one whale from the distance.

 

2100 hours—after having the remainder of the lobsters for dinner, Leonard went for his 4-hour off while Günter took over until midnight. They are still making good time and are only 60 miles away from the Quebec Bridge.

"Flirtation's" position, @ 2100 hours—DAY 26: N47.33, W70.05

 

 

 

 

Day 27, Sunday, June 1st.

 

0800 hours—they had another great night but Günter spent most of the night on duty as Leonard was exhausted. At the moment they are just passing in front of the beautiful Chateau Frontenac.

 

1200 hours—Refueled at the Yacht-Club de Québec and took off right away. When motoring under the Quebec Bridge they were pushing against the tide and making only 1.5 knots. Gunter said it was slow but better to move slow than be stationary, at least we are heading in the right direction and every little bit counts. They are both very happy to be so close to home.

 

2200 hours—they are approaching the bridge at Three Rivers and making very good headway.  So, if all goes well and they don’t get delayed in the two locks they should arrive at the club sometime in the afternoon.

"Flirtation's" position, @ 2200 hours—DAY 27: N46.21, W72.30

 

 

 

 

Day 28, Monday, June 2nd.

 

0730 hours—being the last night of this long journey I think they found this particular night to be one of the most arduous of them all due to the traffic in the seaway—through Lake St. Pierre. It meant a lot of concentration and it was too dangerous to take the usual forty winks! When Leonard came on his watch to relieve the Skipper, Günter mentioned to Leonard that he was so tired that he almost fell asleep standing up.

 

0230 hours—after waiting 3-1/2 hours at the St. Lambert pleasure craft docks, “Flirtation” finally was given the green light to go through the locks. To their surprise I was standing there at the observation area to take pictures as they were passing by. It was a big thrill for me to see “Flirtation” again and her crew.

 

1900 hours—Eureka! “the eagles have landed” on home port at the Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club and they are two elated sailors and they literally came in with a bang because at that same instance a big thunder storm came through and they had to keep circling around outside the harbour before coming in to port. What a journey this has been, the happenings they will have to tell—or will not tell! In any case, we can all be very proud of these two heroic sailors to have achieved such a long courageous delivery trip (day and night except for a few exceptions). From the day they left Nassau on April 20th, together with the delays in Florida, Beaufort and Salem, this journey took a total of forty-three days—the longest ever.

And this concludes my reporting for this journey; I hope you have not found it too boring, but hopefully a little amusing at times.

 

"Flirtation's" position, @ 1900 hours

DAY 28: HOME PORT— the Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club.

 

 

 

 

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