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North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton » North Sydney June 11th 2009

Day 11. Thursday Another cool cloudy day in Cape Breton. No surprise right? I thought I'd take a drive to Sydney to have a look around. In seven kilometers you climb to around 750 feet and back to sea level. On the way down you spot a large green bridge that crosses at New Harris Settlement onto Boularderie Island. A little further along I spot the ferries that go to Newfoundland docked in North Sydney. Unfortunately I'm caught at a light when I notice one pulling away with the nose open. By the time I get somewhere I can take a picture from it's too late. A quick look around by the docks and I head off to Sydney. Other than a giant violin outside a music hall I don't see anything interesting. Glace Bay is ... read more
bridge to Boularderie Island
North Sydney docks
Newfoundland ferry

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton February 20th 2009

Leading up to the Clipper 07-08 arrival in Sydney, Nova Scotia The pack ice had finally left Cape Breton in May, and I was looking forward to getting out on the water again. A couple weeks before Clipper arrived in Sydney, I had an opportunity to deliver the new Irish Mist home from Halifax. My first coastal passage on home waters and in cold weather, it opened new horizons for sailing in higher latitudes. I wish I could describe the beautiful scenery of Nova Scotia, but as expected there was fog most of the way up the coast! In preparing this log, I looked back in my old journals to see what I was up to before joining Clipper - I found an interesting and relevant quote:  June 5, 2008, On top of Coxheath Mountain, ... read more
Halifax to Sydney trip, approaching Seal Island Bridge
Clipper 07-08 Race arrives in Sydney!
Nova Scotia Clipper in Racing Form

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton February 20th 2009

Home for a Rest The year in Australia left me wanting to do more sailing - I set out with a goal of learning to sail, and now that has evolved to sailing my own boat one day. Racing is a great fast paced way to learn and sharpen your skills. However I felt living aboard, and doing some extended coastal and ocean passages was my next step. Moving back to Cape Breton to work and spend time with family was the next step. In 2005 I returned home after 8 years away - most of the people I knew had left, but starting fresh in an area was nothing new. The time was spent planning my next adventure, and preparing myself for life at sea - learning navigation, weather, and any other sailing related topic ... read more
Cape Breton Racing Crew on Irish Mist
Skipper and First Mate

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton February 19th 2009

Elisa’s Log Entries Below is my personal account of her preparation for the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. As you will read below, the path to becoming a global sailor started long before becoming a Clipper Crew or even hearing about the race… Early Account of Sailing Growing up on Cape Breton Island, I spent plenty of time by the ocean. My family always went for walks along the Baddeck harbour to check out the boats, and I even remember the Tall Ships visit back in 1984. I was thinking back to experiences that might have lead me to dream of sailing around the world… My first time on a sailboat was around age 11. A school friend, Heather French, invited me to go for a sail on her Dad’s boat. We were ... read more
Steve and I
Racing Crew

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton October 18th 2008

An hour long ferry ride took us off Prince Edward Island to Nova Scotia. Our destination was Sydney, Nova Scotia. The drive itself was very pretty, once again the fall colours being the highlight. Arriving in Sydney, we found ourselves a cheap B&B, in fact it was only $45 for the night. Before the day was out we quickly took off for Louisbourg to check out the fortress, which was key in the battle for control of Canada between the British and the French. The fortress has been preserved to show the living conditions for the soldiers in the 1700’s. Unfortunately by the time we got there the last tour bus from the visitor centre had already left. We were still able to see the fort from a distance and it was quite large and ... read more
Cape Breton Island (7)
Cape Breton Island - Cabot Trail (11)
Cape Breton Island - Cabot Trail (27)

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton » Baddeck September 14th 2008

Saturday, September 6 When we started out on Saturday morning, everything was wet from showers in the night - the first bands of rain going out ahead of tropical storm Hannah. We ate breakfast at a Perkins just across the line into New Jersey. In New York, we drove through the Bear Mountain State Park. The clouds were sitting on top of the mountain, so the road to the lookout was closed. We took the Bear Mountain bridge across the Hudson River. For a while we drove through the countryside - with forest and large lakes. In Carmel, NY, we stopped for lunch and ran our errands - an optician to put the lens back into Mother’s glasses, a Radio Shack for an electrical adapter, and an A&P for Mother’s grocery store fix. Most of the ... read more

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton » Baddeck August 29th 2008

Alice and I are in Baddeck right now waiting until 5 or so to head back onto the road towards our campgrounds. She says if you check in after 6pm, you don't have to pay for the day's fees so we figure we'll laze around Baddeck for the time being. One of the gift shops have the cutest mugs! They are 'Buddha' mugs that are easy to cradle. I like!... read more

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton » Cabot Trail July 4th 2008

Hi Everyone Well a lot has happened since our last entry. Sorry about the long wait. We decided on a 2 day trip to see Niagra Falls to get out of the city for a few days. Part of the trip included a wine tasting session we tried the red the white then the Canadian delicacy 'iced wine' which is locally called (liquid gold) sweet and tasty, YUM! We did the maid of the mist and got soaked despite the poncho's provided. This is a boat that goes really close to the falls, you don't see much of the falls cos of the fierce spray, but well worth doing a brilliant experience. We walked closer to the falls to get a better view. At this point realisation kicked in "OMG we're actually in Canada" it's a ... read more

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton » North Sydney November 25th 2007

Hello Everyone Just thought I would let you all know, that I am in fact still alive. I haven't succumbed to hypothermia just as yet - this might have something to do with the multiple layers I have on (right now I am wearing 2 poly pro tops, a t-shirt, my ice breaker, a down jacket, long johns, trousers, my red possum socks and hat, and gloves. And this is only November). It was beautiful and sunny outside though - it's just a pity about the -5 degree side of things. I've had to consult my diary to figure out what I've done since I last updated the blog. I think it was just before Halloween. Halloween is quite a big deal here, as it is in the States, so when in Rome.... The night started ... read more
North River walk
Elisa and I on the beach

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton » Cabot Trail October 4th 2007

The is a certain amount of excitement as you approach a "treasured" location that you've heard so much about and have been wanting to see for yourself. Perhaps this is why the drive up to Ingonish seemed a bit long. Or perhaps it was the roundabout route that the highway takes, first heading north and then coming back south down the inlet to the inland sea before crossing over at a narrow point. Joining the circular Cabot Trail at this point, the road north is less of a highway and more of a two-lane twisting scenic route. This suited us just fine, because the Cabot Trail scenery was what we had come for, along with good food and good maritime music. I would imagine that this road is extremely frustrating to drive in the summer when ... read more

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