Off the dock at 4am along with the rest of the fishing fleet. Calm seas, sunny skies and little wind meant for a calm voyage across Chaleur Bay into New Brunswick waters. Surprised to see how many lobster pots there were even in 350’ of water.
Off Miscou Island we encountered all the fishing boats in the world and lottsa and lottsa of lobster pots. No straight course here!! Several friendly waves from close by boats and one radioed us to find out where we were from and going to … he then wished us a good voyage.
In the early afternoon the winds came up and we were able to go from motor sailing to real sailing. Quite consistent 16 knot winds until we dropped sails about 6pm ADT. Then we had a horrendous trip into Miramichi Bay. Sunlight on the water in front of us making it difficult to see the lobster pots. What kind of fisherman drops pots in a marked channel? What kind of government permits that? The last hour to the anchorage was sustained 22 knots on our port bow and dodging more pots. At the south end of the bay we found less wind as we tucked up in Baie du Vin.
Unfortunately, no place in Miramichi could accommodate us so with the rain we decided to stay put.