Today we hit our farthest northern point on the trip at 49 degrees 15.688 minutes latitude (to compare, Roselawn Ave in St Paul is the 45th parallel - half way between the equator and the North Pole) and we are now heading south. We are cruising along the northern coast of the Gaspe Peninsula with a west wind pushing us along - sometimes a bit more forcefully than we would like.
This morning the weather prediction at Saint-Anne-des-Monts was for light winds in the morning, building to strong winds in the afternoon, so we headed out at 5:30 after giving friends on Ke'Ola Kai, a beautiful sailboat, a push off the dock.
The winds started to kick up right as we got to Grande-Vallee and we tucked in and are now tied up to a pier, sheltered from the winds. The forecast is for winds tomorrow in the morning, then calming down over the next few days. It looks good for making more progress around the Gaspe.
We explored up the Saguenay Fjord with crew Janet and Peter. We had a lovely time on a mooring ball in Baie Eternite - hiked up to see the statue of the Virgin up on Cap Trinite with views of "Adirondack" looking very small in the bay. We continued up the fjord to La Baie at the head of Baie des Ha! Ha! and spent a night then went back down the fjord to Tadoussac, where we changed crews.
We crossed over the Seaway to Rimouski on a clear day with light winds and are now on the south coast of the Seaway making our way east and now SOUTH!! Sally