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The Artful Dodger II

Sunday, May 30, 2010

On our Way

At the dock in St John's

Leaving St John's

Oil Rig Marrystown

Well its been about two weeks since we have been able to post anything here, as we have been sailing the east and southern shore of Newfoundland. Today we are at the Hotel Port Aux Basques where we have finally found some internet. Its been a hard two weeks inching along, having the weather controlling what we do. We are hoping that late Tuesday or Wednesday morning to push off over to Cape Breton. Once we get to a better spot for internet will upload some pics of what we have been seeing.
Patric, Karin and Butch

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Quidi Vidi
Well we've pushed off over to the main harbour in St John's, leaving Quidi Vidi harbour with the tide at 7:51 this morning. There was a 2 to 3 meter sea from the south east, winds at 12 knots. The wind is to build later in the day to 30 knots. The trip was a bit rough, as we just motored over not using any sails, took us about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Now tided off of another vessel, will get the remaining little things done and secure the interior of the vessel for Saturday morning departure. All is well.
Patric, Karin and Butch

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

It's Time
Well what can we say it's now almost time to loose the dock lines and head on. We've got about 56 hour's left weather permitting, as we will not be tempting fate, we will move as the weather permits. It seems that 5:00 am on the 15th of May has a good window to get on our way. We've been able to get all of our to do lists done as well today sold the car. We will be able to use it up until Friday evening when Karin will be all done. I must say we are excited about heading on but sad as well as we have made so many great friends, with whom we will certainly miss yet keep in contact with.
For a couple who was to be here at best 2 years it has stretched into 3 and half years. When I think back to when we pushed off from Kingston back in August 2005, we sure were new to sailing then, as we have come along way since then and found our sea legs as well many things which we could only have learned out sailing and living aboard. So it is with that, that I think of the phrase, " somethings just happen in their own good time and one will know when they are ready". We are there now, but still so many things yet to get better at.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Days are in the teens until we leave

This picture was taken from Signal Hill showing St John’s Harbour

With the weather improving with every day we are getting the last things done before we push off. We have about 12 days left, with the hope the weather will be with us, we will leave from the St John’s Harbour, as the tide from the Quidi Vidi harbour will not permit us a 5:oo am departure the tides will be to low. So it’s hoped that a couple days before departure we will move over to St John’s harbour and for the long waited moment to finally leave after being here for three and a half years. That was four winters the last two being real good. We will be leaving with some real good memories and some real great friends of which I will introduce some of them in the following posts. Not all of our time has been good though but time usually takes care of that.
We have sent out a general email to some people who have showed interest in our trip and given them the opportunity to be placed on our SSB email list, they need only get back to us and let us know. If you didn’t get an email and wish to be included, just forward an email to the email shown on our blog and we will be glad to put you on the list. With being on the list there must be no attachments, only text files.

This site is the calm sea just outside of Quidi Vidi Harbour, home for Artful for 3 and ½ years.

I haven’t figured out how to post to the blog from our SSB or if we even can so whenever we do get some internet will post an update. On the blog in the left top you will see The ArtFul Dodger sailing position, by clinking on that you should be directed to a page which will show where we are and then by clicking on the little balloon and you should see some comments as well our lat and long position.

Will be back here shortly with some more info and updates on departure
Patric, Karin and Butch