Bermuda to Lunenburg Nova Scotia

I won’t bore you with log entries for the 4 1/2 day trip from St. Georges, Bermuda to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, other than to say that the distance was 725 miles, we made the trip in relatively benign weather and like all good extended passages, it was MOSTLY boring (that’s a good thing).

There is a lot of reading, movie watching, and sleeping going on during a BORING passage like this. (Mark Cole pictured)

When on watch, reading, watching movies, or listening to music are common ways to pass the hours (Michele Kelly pictured).

Occasionally, we’ll cross paths with a boat or ship that adds some excitement to the day for us (and for them). On day 3 we had to alter course and steam 8-10 miles out of our way to avoid the 10 miles of long lines that the fishing vessel “Hindsight 20/20” had out, fishing for Swordfish.

If the weather is decent, we’ll put fishing lines out, hoping for a Dorado, Tuna, or Wahoo. We didn’t catch any fish on this trip, but we did hook a couple of Blue Marlin. The first was probably 150-200 pounds and we should have landed it, but I wasn’t patient enough and I didn’t get the hook set properly. After 3-4 great jumps, he was able to throw the hook and then tail-walk in to the distance, showing off his freedom!

The rearview camera caught this picture for us. The Marlin can be seen in the distance in the middle of the picture, just to the left of the fishing rod. He was probably 75 yards astern at this point.

We hooked our second Marlin a day later. Mark got the hook set perfectly on this whopper of a Blue Marlin (probably 350-450 pounds), but he was quickly taking all the line off the reel when he made a spectacular jump and we believe his rough tail cut the line and he was free!

 

This Marlin stripped all but 50 yards of line off the reel before showing us just how large he really was. The Rear View camera captured this image, but at 450 yards or so behind us, it was almost impossible to get a good picture so all you can see is his splash as the line broke off, setting him free.

We got another strike the next day, but unfortunately no one aboard heard or saw it until all the line had been pulled off the reel. Mark says it was a monster Swordfish, but I choose to believe it was a 250+ Pound Bluefin Tuna. Whatever it was, it is pulling around 500 yards of 30 pound test monofilament tonight!

We arrived in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia at around 5:30 PM after 4 1/2 days and 730 miles. We had a great passage with mostly calm or near calm weather. The next adventure aboard ROAM begins…

and finally, Dog Lovers want to know…

Tug Boat and Sailor have adapted well to the cruising life. Everyone asks us,”Where they do their business?” We have a couple of pieces of astro turf that we put down for them. One is kept in the aft cockpit and a second is in the master suite shower (to be used only if it’s too rough or wet to use the cockpit “Potty”). They would prefer to go ashore so they can sniff grass and hike a leg, but they’ve decided that it’s ok to go aboard if there is no other option.

When we get anchored, the first thing Tug Boat and Sailor want to do is go ashore. Here they are impatiently waiting for their humans to get ready to go…

 

Come On Clark, we’re all ready to go!!

 

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  1. Paul Casey
      July 10, 2017

    wow! been following you guys since we meet up in Ft. Meyers.We are the new owners of “Dues Paid if you remember, Manta 42.
    we are now back up north now located on land until fall (October) in Buzzards bay in Ma. on West Island about 10 miles west of the CC canal.
    We’d love to host you guys if you want to stop in New Bedford Harbor (good for your draft) and can get you set up for your next leg if you need land help .
    we have cars and markets near by.
    Wow, loved the Cup stuff!
    Paul and Deb Casey
    Manta 42
    Dues Paid but soon to change to “Imagine”

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