Saturday, August 14, 2010

Rounding Cap Gaspé

Leaving Riviere au Renard early and in company with the sloop we had passed yesterday which had  also spent the night in the harbor, we set sail in 15 knots and for once enjoyed the forecast conditions for a couple of hours. Running dead downwind averaging speeds of 8 knots and greater, we sailed around Cap Gaspe, which is a spectacular narrow rock ridge, with shear cliff on its northeastern side. rounding the point into Gaspe Bay, the wind lightened eventually to zephers and we once again had to motor up the bay and into the harbor.

A pano of Cap Gaspe, the end of the Appalachian chain
Here we are running up to the Cap:

We found the town of Gaspe to be quite a picturesque setting, sloping up the hill across the bridge from the yacht harbor. There are a couple of cafes and restaurants on the street just above the bay which we sampled. Adding to it was fine sunny weather, this being the first day in many with no rain at all. 

One of the Cafes in Gaspe, owned by a sailor

A fellow came over from another boat to look at 'Anomaly' and introduced himself as Guy from 'Balthazar', a steel sloop in which he and his family had circumnavigated a few years back. He suggested we stop at Anse a Beautif which we resolved to do.

The yacht 'Anomaly' is currently lying Summerside, Prince Edward Island

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