Earl is here
Well, after watching Earl race up the coast and either wreak havoc on my friends down south or create a wild and crazy playground for others (you know who you are), he has finally arrived here in the Bay of Fundy. Earl is now a tropical storm, but still he packs strong winds and a good heaping helping of swell. My plans to be back on the water and out into Grand Manan channel is now on hold for a day, possibly two, as I wait for things to settle down.
Even in calm waters, the crossing to Grand Manan is a big and challenging open water adventure. Strong currents, huge tides (20 plus feet this week) and often thick fog, all conspire to challenge the senses. Throw in swell that has been building up the east coast and mix in a little strong wind, well, you undoubtedly get the picture. Sunday may end up being the day to depart, but if not, it will be Monday.
For anyone that read the post about the rescued sea kayakers, you will know that erring on the side of caution is critical when planning these types of open water outings. As the storm passess and the winds calm, I will re-evaluate my decision on heading out, only choosing to do so when conditions are safe but still challenging.