(Sat phone post)
We have reached Baffin Island! We have found and anchored under Bob’s birthday gift to me… his impressive “wall of terror”. Today might be my last birthday…
It has take just over 4 days to complete the voyage from Greenland to reach Pond Inlet on the eastern coast of Baffin Island. The voyage itself has been mostly uneventful. Overcast conditions kept us mostly below decks. One positive aspect though is the daylight – at sea, with no mountains to cast shade, the sun really is out there for the full 24 hours. The midnight shift at the helm has been fairly pleasant. On the not so positive side, all of us (except Bob) felt the effects of being at sea again (for the last month, we have either been on land, or on calm waters within fjords).
Baffin Island has welcomed us with mountains and glaciers rising out of the mist. It is awesome to be here (pictures forthcoming).
It has taken a few days, but we finally seem to have sorted out the weatherfax machine so that we can receive daily ice charts. Currently the way ahead through Lanchester Sound is blocked, but it now has less ice in it now than when we left Greenland, so we hope to be able to push into the Northwest passage soon.
The lads have devious birthday plans for me tonight – wish me luck!