We set out yesterday in a slowly lifting morning fog. The original plan was to reach for PEI, but because of the fog delay I felt like we were trying to force the miles, which became less-fun. We decided to sail the twenty or so miles to Halifax and tie up at the city marina.
Once that decision was made, the pressure of trying to achieve as many miles as possible was lifted. One of the enduring maxims of sailing is, “Do not sail to a schedule”. I now see the wisdom of that philosophy.
Halifax is a very dynamic city with more than a few mega-yachts in port. We pulled into a very tight space, essentially parallel parking a 45-foot sailboat between a multi-million dollar motor yacht and the city wharf, with a few hundred people looking on. No pressure.
We took the opportunity to hose down the deck and take on a little water. Once bright and shiny again, we moved Tortuga over to another, less crowded berth behind the Marriott Hotel, where she now peacefully sits.
Janet and I will be back in a few days, along with her father, to move Tortuga further northward and up the mouth of the St. Lawrence Seaway. More to follow.