Arming and provisioning Breskell for some serious ice sailing was done in a nice and quiet Chesapeake boatyard .
Not always an easy task. High latitude sailing need a lot more planification than your normal cruise in more moderate climate. Marinas are few or no existant. Your familiar West Marine store? Not anymore around!
We spend 3 weeks of intensive work to prepare Breskell for her ice sailing. Classic bottom painting for sure.
But I spent also a full day up the mast to be sure the radar is working properly. Our life in the middle of ice field or icebergs depends heavily on it. The sum of all those little investments done in the boatyard is paying big return up north.
And what about the provisionning and the long list of errants before going to sea?
We finally headed up at sea one Friday. A last stop in Deltaville to fill up with diesel.
Then we started our North trip… but going south ! The bridge tunnel mark the entrance of the Chesapeake. Our last south heading for the next future. We were fortunate. North wind helped us sailing down this well know cruising ground.
In a very dark night at around 11:00 pm we passed the bridge. Now we headed NE aiming for Newfoundland. My goal? One straight leg to ST John in Canada.
Sailing north finally!