We returned home from Montreal on Monday and on Wednesday, we caught a flight back to Sydney. The early and direct flight afforded us the time in the afternoon to provision with groceries and beer.
On Thursday, we carefully checked the tides and tidal currents in the Big Bras d’Or Channel and departed the Dobson Yacht Club at 0800.
The wind was out of the North at 15 to 20 kts and after heavy rain overnight, the skies were beginning to clear. At the Seal Island Bridge, we got a boost from the 2.0 kt current going into the lakes. At 15:30, we dropped anchor in Maskell’s Harbour.
On Friday, we weighed anchor at 09:00 and headed for the Barra Strait, passing the lift bridge at 10:30.
After 4.5 hours of motoring into a South wind, we arrived at the Lion’s Club Marina in the small community of St. Peter’s.
The Lion’s Club Marina is a very friendly marina close to the St. Peter’s canal, which connects the Bras d’Or lakes with the Atlantic Ocean.
It is here that recreational boaters arriving from Halifax and points west, including the United States enter the Bras d’Or lakes.
It is here that boaters re-fuel and re-provision. It is from here that we, with a favorable weather forecast, will head out for Halifax.