Friday, 28 June 2013

June 27 and 28, 2013 heading to Pictou, Nova Scotia

Maasdam leaving the port of Charlottetown, at 6pm ... Modaki is the small sail
boat to the left beside the blue sail boat ... we are glad we got AIS and Marine Traffic, we can keep
track of were the freights and cruse ships are!!

Wed night was spinnaker race night, 19 boats took part, it was quite windy, but they all
had a good time.  Most of them were in their bare feet !!!!

Mahjoubi, shared some stories with us, he is from Tanzania, and spent his career with the French
Army and now lives in Montreal.  Mahjoubi, bought a 32c Bayfield and is on his way back
to Montreal with it.

after the race there was a free Curry Rice dinner, that we got invited to ... good !!

it is hard to see, but we saw a few Northern Gannets.

we spent 8 1/2 hours dodging lobster pots,  it looked like a minefield out there.

each fishermen have their own colour coding on the bouys.  There was no wind, so we had to motor
all the way to Pictou.

also it was very cold on the water,  ..... we took advantage of the tide going out of Charlottetown, and got a 1.5 - 2 knot boost...then we got the tide going into Pictou and another knot boost .. the trip usually takes 10 hours, but we did it in 8 1/2 hours.

Joe reading up on the entrance to Pictou, and what Marina's are there, and making plans on
the best place to spend a few days.

there is 2 ferries crossing from Wood Island, PEI and Caribou, Nova Scotia, so Joe did the Marine Traffic check and saw that both have left the port and sure enough as we got closer, we saw the one
leaving Caribou, N.S.

then looked back and the other one from Wood Island, PEI, was coming up beside us ... 

lots of cormorants

in the ship yard, there is a big military looking boat being build

this is some pictures coming into Pictou, by water

there is 3 marina's, the first is a private yacht club, that has fuel,
the 2nd one is on the wharf, looked very small, and you are a block away from the washrooms
and showers.

the last is the Hector Quay Visitors Marina, were we wanted to stay
Hector is on the left of the picture, no masts up !!!

this is our tract Thursday, 50  k.m.

the Northern Pump Mill is across the day.

we are not too sure how this all worked out but our friends, from GYC, in Owen Sound arrived in
Pictou, by car on the same day that Joe and I arrived by boat.  We had a great visit, with drinks and went out for supper, The Lobster Bar Restaurant, (just across the road).  The next morning, Allan and Marsha, lent us there car and we drove to a grocery store a few miles away. They are on a 2 week vacation and are visiting Nova Scotia, PEI, and Cape Breton. 

some of the houses, fresh coat of blue, it looked so nice

We toured the Lighthouse Museum and Research Centre, the picture is of all the
light houses in the Maritimes, and they blink on and off to the second. The same as the
originals ones do.  

We also visited the Northumberland Fisheries Museum, lots of good displays of
the Lobster Strock Enhancement Research Project.  The actually size of a lobster larva is 3/4 inch
and they actually look like the big ones.  Students from the Nova Scotia Community College, built the light house and the lighthouse display.

lovely old buildings, lots of them house art galleries and gift shops

the main street of Pictou

a lobster trap chair, cool idea ... too big for the boat !!

Tomorrow we will visit the Hector and get the tour ... MODAKI, docked close by !!!


  1. hi guys, good to see your making your way down the coast. Hope the weather gets better soon.

    Mike & Lois.

  2. Thanks, high winds here for a few days, so we don't know when we can move.