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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Harbour Le Cou To La Plante Harbour

Good by Grand Bruit as we take a group shot before leaving and hello Harbour Le Cou once we arrived in Rose Blanche.

Once we arrived in Rose Blanche by ferry we decided to hitch a ride to Harbour Le Cou a few minutes up the road from which would provide a better launching spot in the morning to finally begin our paddle. Ralph was fortunate enough to coerce a trucker to let us tag along. Once at Harbour Le Cou we set up camp. I decided to lodge in this shed to avoid packing a wet tent in the morning. We also used the shed for our evening cook up and map review with plans for the morning.

Tony at our cook up.

Ralph loading the next day and finally we can begin paddling. Ralph is also seen here rounding Shark Cove Head our first head land of many on the journey. Fog was wafting all around but visibility allowed for land to stay in view which made the early part of navigation easy.

Well under way we begin to creep up on  Big Seal Island. Petites was pretty much a fogged out blur. There is an old stone lighthouse there built many years ago but was not visible to us in the fog nor very visible during the ferry ride past Petites the day before.

Just past Hatcher's Cove was a small inlet where this cabin spot provided a nice snack break. Then off again.

Tony darts by Whale Island on the way to Duck Island.

Ralph is passing by Crafty Head and then later resting in behind Duck Island. There were some interesting breaking waves on the exit from the Duck Island area. Kind of fun paddling through.

After paddling for about 25km we arrived at La Plante Harbour. Fro Duck Island was a steady paddle to here in some very loppy waters. My cockpit had taken on a fair bit of water due to a loose piece of equipment on deck that was dragging in the water. I was relieved to get to shore since a lot of drag had been created when it dislodged. Ralph offered to tie it back but the waters were quite choppy and the cove was just ahead. Ralph took on some water as well and we determined that our boats were heavy and allot of wash had spilled over us during the paddle. Boat was nicely rearranged for the departure the next day I'll tell ya!

Tony enjoying some down time.

Our first fire of the trip and with the intermittent sunshine we were able to dry some gear.

A quick shot of some sea shells and some entries in my journal then off to bed for me.


Miamaria said...

Nice pictures! And what a blog you have! Bookmarked. :)

kayakr said...

Nice, very nice! A little bit foggy but still very nice!

Stan Mac Kenzie said...

Thank you very much.


Melis Coady said...

Hi- I have a question for you. A group of students with modest kayaking experience want to kayak from Rose Blanche-Harbour le Cou to Devils Bay (just west of Francois, Newfoundland, Canada. They want to do this as a group of three in August averaging 20-30 miles a day. Is that a realistic itinerary for beginners with heavy boats in August?

Stan Mac Kenzie said...

Hi Melis,

The paddle from Rose Blanche, Harbour le Cou and on to Devils Bay west of Francois is ceratinly no paddle for beginners. Don't mean to be "offhanded" but we encountered very challenging sea states and navigational skills have to be well honned for paddling in mostly thick fog. A very good knowledge of self rescue and team rescues would be essential as would be a bomb proof roll if paddling in singles. Takeouts would have to be well planned in advanced and contingencies determined should conditons change while on the water. Heavy kayaks are difficult to maneuver around once you have landed ie take out of water as some landing spots are less than ideal and you must consider the tides when landing and leaving your desired destination. If you are not familiar with paddling long trips on open ocean, especially around Newfoundland, you might want to reconsider. Perhaps a guided tour might be an option with guides who are familiar with our waters and have experience in tripping for extended periods of time. I ceratinly don't mean to be be condescending but having travelled that same area I definitely know it is not a trip for beginners.