Looking ahead at the wind forecast we knew we needed to cross Bay of Chaleur on Monday to beat the high winds forecast for the following two days. We were up at 0500 and underway by 0600 to ensure we’d arrive at our next destination of Shippagan, New Brunswick, approximately 48 nautical miles away, well ahead of the high winds.
Commercial Harbour - fishing trawlers hauled out
- Inshore Fishing - day trips up to 8 kilometres from shore for lobster, scallop dredging, longlines, gill nets and hand lines
- Mid Shore Fishing - trips up to 8 days for crab, longlines, purse seine, ground fish trawlers and shrimp bottom trawlers
- Offshore Fishing - trips up to a month for pelagic trawling to catch a variety of fish including redfish, mackerel, flounder, shark etc
Very rare blue lobster
As our next port of call was almost 90 nautical miles away, we decided we’d depart Miramichi that afternoon to get a head start and get out of the river and anchor in Bay du Vin, about 20 miles down stream and almost out in to Miramichi Bay. We rode the ebb tide out, giving us a lift of about 1.5 knots and anchored in a rather shallow area, forcing us to be 3/4 of a mile from shore. It was lovely to be anchored out and we enjoyed happy hour in our cockpit. We knew the high temperatures and humidity created the opportunity for a thunderstorm and indeed it happened. We had an hour’s warning watching dark clouds build and hearing the rumble of thunder. Then at 2000 hours, it hit with lots of thunder and lightening all around, heavy rain and winds in the mid 30 knot range with gusts up to 46 knots. Before long, we had 3 to 4 foot waves making for a very dramatic scene. We kept in touch with the other two boats on VHF radio for the duration of the worst of the storm, which lasted about 25 minutes. Gradually, the wind settled down and within an hour, the thunder was moving off in the distance. All our anchors held well and we were greatly relieved when the storm passed.
Wind blowing 35 knots out our pilot house window