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Published: September 25th 2009
Church built for the Moby Dick Movie,
Church built for the Moby Dick Movie,
We pushed hard when leaving Lunenburg in North East winds between 15-20 knots and head West along the coast. The sail was very rolly but we pushed on just the same. The sailing in these parts are not for the faint of heart, nor the un-experienced. Posted here is a picture of some unlucky soles boat high up on a rock reef. Not sure if he was “Shoal Fishing”, but just to show you that even experienced fishermen get in trouble here. No doubt the angry, painful ingrown toenail again (those who read our prior blog entry will understand what this means)....
While sailing in, we were followed by a beautiful old schooner of about 70 feet or so. We made it to Shelburne Harbour late that afternoon and were quite happy to be greeted on the face dock of the SHYC (Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club), a not for profit sailing club. As soon as we finished securing our dock lines, the schooner which had been following us pulled in, to dock right in front of us. What a beauty. We counted 17 people onboard, some with cameras, others with video cameras... we figured it must
Papa 1, Schooner
This schooner is too be in the movie Moby Dick, staring William Hurt & Ethan Hawk
be a day charter boat, but with some really eccentric looking folks onboard. As all good sailors do upon arrival...we head straight for the bar (because that’s where we had to register...haha), only to find a couple familiar faces!!! We were told that the infamous schooner was part of a movie about the story of Moby Dick that is being filmed in town. And right there, were William Hurt and Ethen Hawk, who both are staring in the film drinking cold beers right next to us. Can’t believe our luck once again... We must have a horseshoe stuck up our “Through Hull” or something!!!
We knew the next days to come would be crap weather, so this was a great place to stay and continue working on our boat.
Shelburne was great... Nice little quaint town with all available services within walking distance. We participated in a Chilli contest held by the marina, where we cooked a good pot full of chilli to be judged by our dock neighbours and other locals. We didn’t win the contest, but got to taste 16 different versions of the dish and made yet some other amazing friendships. The “down wind” created by
Moby Dick, Movie set
This is scene for the movie Moby Dick that is being built in the old part of Shelburne NS, this is also where some of the movie Scarlet letter was filmed.
the chilli enabled us to keep warm that night. We met Brian and Sheila, who live in Yarmouth but have been sailing since forever.. We were VERY apprehensive about our next hop, since we had to round Cape Sable, and had been told been told by many that it could get really rough and that we’d better know what we were up against before even attempting to sail it. Well, Brian and Sheila had done this pass well over 30 times and were kind enough to spend time with us to plan our route, preferred departure timing and such. Very comforting to gain this knowledge from someone who has done it a zillion times in the past.
We also made some new “Cruising” friends on s/v Konami. Jean-Raymond and Monique live just about 15 mins away from where we used to live in Montreal, in a city called Vaudreuil. They own a Dufour 31 sailboat, which has a very similar layout to our old Dufour 34 Antidote. We have sailed some of the same grounds and are in fact both heading for the Caribbean. They are really cool people and we had a blast with them in Shelburne. We
Sailing friends (Monique & Jean-Raymond) from Montreal..
look forward to catching up to them down south and spending many more enjoyable moments together.
Annie, Eric & ShellSea onboard s/v WeBeSailing
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