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Nuuk - 64°11'31" N 51°43'26" W

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Nuuk is not a common tourist destination … yet. After a long, long passage, we motored into the harbour with intentions to find something solid to tie on to. We called the harbourmaster on Channel 16 and asked for docking instructions. We were told that there was nowhere that we could tie up, and anyway there were very few berths (in general) for boats of our size. We could anchor in the harbour, but that really wasn’t advisable. So, we quickly consulted the cruising guide for the area and read about an alternate anchorage on the north side of the town. It was twenty minutes away. Off we went. The little cove was perfect, so we dropped anchor, secured the boat and then fell into our bunks. After a day of rest and tidying up the boat, we went into town to check into Greenland (immigration) and then to be tourists. We dinghy-ed into a small, rocky beach and hauled the dinghy up past the high water mark. We ditched our rubber boots for hiking boots and then picked our w

Living the dream: this is not one of those days! - 60° 21' 41" N 52° 17' 48" W

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Storms tend to whip up the seas and it takes some time for the waves to settle down after the storm.  So, while we managed to dodge the storm, we were left with an absolutely horrid sea state.  The waves were big and steep and coming from every direction.  We think they were ricocheting backwards and forwards between Greenland and Canada, thumping in from the Atlantic and every butterfly that flapped its wings in the Amazon created a wave from yet another direction.  Things just got worse as the wind dropped and the boat slowed.  This is NOT detailed in the ' Buy a Boat and Sail the World ' brochure.   Okay, not the storm we ducked but one coming through later this week.  Guess we are staying in Nuuk for a while! Without a gimbal , any video we take does not show what we are dealing with.  Wearing socks will send you sliding across the boat.  It is an art to lift the toilet seat and get seated before the lid slams back down.  Loose items knock backwards and forward.  The pen

Life at sea – 56° 24’ 35” N, 51° 31’ 46” W

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We are Day 5 at sea and just over halfway between St John's, Canada and Nuuk, Greenland crossing the Labrador Sea.  Depending on the wind, we have another four or so days before we arrive in Nuuk. So, what does life at sea look like? Our day starts at about 06:45 when we leap from our warm and cosy bed to take over watch.   Marisa and Adriano then disappear to snatch a few hours sleep and leave us in charge!  Our job is to keep the boat sailing, adjust sails as needed, stay on course and not hit anything!  We also keep an eye on battery levels, monitor the radio and radar. This morning, we woke to overcast skies and rain.  The wind is steady between 16-20kn (32-40km/hr) and from 150° in relation to the boat.  This puts us on a broad reach which is a really comfortable point of sail.  The seas are relatively flat and we are zipping along at 6-8kn (12-16km/hr - yes,  you can almost run as fast was we travel!).  These are the conditions in which a Garcia excels.  I am on watch, writin

Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club - 47° 31' 21"N 52° 58' 02"W

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It has been a busy week.  We are now fully provisioned, fuelled and prepared for our attempt at the North West Passage.  The communities we are visiting along the way are small so we are set to be as self-reliant as possible.  We will top up with fuel at every opportunity and hope to buy some fresh food occasionally but we are prepared to make the transit with what we have aboard. So, what does food for four people sailing through the Arctic look like and how did we figure it all out? Cans are stored in a locker under the settee If we are not in Dutch Harbour in the Aleutians by the end of September, we run a very real risk of being iced in. So we have provisioned for 100 days - just over three months.  Any longer and we will be on Plan B!  We are generally eating a vegetarian diet and will not be fishing along the way. So here is our list! Rice, coconut milk and a few treats are under the settee Snacks such as ramen noodles, dried fruit, nuts and soup mixes are in the sea berth Fruit

Conception Bay South - 47° 31' 21"N 52° 58' 02"W

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Voyager at the pontoon at the Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club We are currently in St John’s, Newfoundland aboard Voyager, preparing for our attempt at the North West Passage. The boat is victualled, fuelled and ready to go!  We will be heading for Nuuk in Greenland in the next weather window which look like it will be early next week.   Voyager (MMSI 269117980) is also a Garcia Exploration 45.  You will be able to track our progress at  via the Garmin Tracker at   https://share.garmin.com/QXKTP  - the Password is Voyager.  We do have StarLink aboard but it will only be on periodically.  Our contact information is below but we cannot guarantee a prompt response! Email -   chinook@nuther.com WhatsAp - Sean (+1 403 801 9714); Kate ( +44 7592 913179) Leave a message on our blog - if you don’t have a Google account, be sure to sign off with your name, otherwise you just shown as ‘unknown’ and we won’t know who left the comment! For those on Instagram, Marisa and Adriano post awesome videos.  

The Irish Loop - 47° 53' 30" N 52° 56' 21" W

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  The Irish Loop We took a day off boat preparations and headed out sightseeing.  First stop, breakfast at Quidi Vidi, a charming cove just to the north of St John's Harbour. Fully fuelled, we headed off to drive the famous Irish Loop.  The Irish Loop is a 310km circuit of the Avalon Peninsula - an endless ribbon of stunning scenery.   Quidi Vidi The Avalon Peninsula is surprising.  The mighty cliffs that mark the western edge of the North Atlantic Ocean are as rugged and wild as you would imagine.  The tiny villages or outports that huddle in the warmth of the valleys at the mouth of the rivers are colourful and quaint.  Most of them sport a wharf for fishing boats.  There is no yachting infrastructure, sailing boats are not the normal marine traffic. We clamoured on the rocks and watched whales at the Ferryland Lighthouse.  We enjoyed stunning weather which the locals say is short-lived in this part of the world. Thank goodness we popped a pair of shorts in our luggage when we we