Ocean Hermit – sailing, solitude and stories

My plans to retrace Captain Cook's unfinished voyage have been postponed a year while I work on the next Marine Diesel Basics book and get my new boat SV Oceandrifter ready for sea.

Voyage to Ungava 17 – Progress north

Astounding light of Labrador in the summer

Astounding light of Labrador in the summer

From Makkovik the “inside passage” north runs between hundreds of islands – what are known as “tickles” here. Every day I’ve been moved steadily northward, making between 25 – 30 miles per day, waiting out contrary winds in secluded anchorages, but keen to get as far north as possible while the settled weather of summer lasts.

Last of the daylight in a small anchorage

Last of the daylight in a small anchorage

Gradually the landscape has changed from low, rounded hills to higher hills covered with spruce trees.  When the sun shines, this is one of the most beautiful places in the world.

The small community of Hopedale was the most southerly of the Moravian missions in Labrador and the place where Jonathan and his wife Sybilla (the captain of the voyage of 1811 that I have  been celebrating) were baptised in 1786.

As soon as I dropped anchor in the harbour, a home-made plywood dinghy approached with three Inuit boys aboard. “Can we come on your boat? We’ve never been on a sailboat boat,” one of the called out.  So aboard they came for a full inspection and slices of homemade ginger and raisin cake.

Visitors to Kuan Yin in Hopedale

Visitors to Kuan Yin in Hopedale

“Can we come back tomorrow?” They asked.  So they did and assisted while I changed the engine oil and then we had tea and more cake and fruit.  They asked me to stay a few more days, but the weather was settled and good days for sailing. So it was onwards north again.


3 comments on “Voyage to Ungava 17 – Progress north

  1. Jeff Sanger
    September 12, 2014

    Thanks Denny
    Please take care…
    Keep in touch
    As ever Love Jeff and Jha xx


  2. Jack Bales
    September 12, 2014

    Forever friend, I do wish I had the nerve and the devotion to a challenge that you possess. I follow your journeys with envy. Take care. Watch out for Russian submarines. BALES HERE in Panama , an easy place to grow old.


  3. Jeff Sanger
    September 19, 2014

    Well done…Love Jeff
    PS Scotland voted ‘NO’ so we are still ‘addled withem”!!


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