Adventures of Elvee, a Cape Henry 21 Cutter.

Day One:

Mahone Harbour to Stonehurst.

The Gimlet Ledges (right)

We had a late start because of the wind situation, there was none, with rain showers passing through.  Finally at 2pm we cast off the mooring under motor and headed south out of the harbor for Stonehurst and a night on the wharf owned by our friends  Howard and Donna. It is a beautiful location right out on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.  Chased by both blue sky and dark rain clouds we set our speed to arrive in about 3.5 hours to give us time to settle in before dark.  We ended up motoring the whole way without wind, but we outran the rain too so - not all bad.
We re-filled the little fuel tank on the Honda 2.5 engine twice while underway and by early evening we were lined up with the entrance to Tanners Pass.  Annie took us in while I photographed the nearby islets and rocks, then I took the tiller as she set fenders and dock lines.

Above: The well hidden entrance to Tanners Pass and Stonehurst.

Right: Looking to seaward as Annie pilots us into Tanners Pass

We had a warm welcome by our friends and their two new puppies., and spent a quiet night at the wharf and a lazy morning to start day two

Puppies aboard!

Snug at the Stonehurst wharf

Day Two:

Stonehurst to Mason’s Island.
Day two had a better wind forecast - a steady south to south west wind at about 15 kilometres per hour, making our trip to Mason’s Island all down wind.

We motored out of Tanner’s Pass while still calm and positioned ourselves on course just off Stonehurst, near the green buoy close to Little Duck Island on the chart above.  Soon a little breeze came up towards Masons Island and away we went, and before long saw a sunfish just below the surface.  We love finding wildlife and this is a good area to see a variety.  Seals, sea birds, and the occasional porpoise or whale are common sights.

The run down to our new mooring was straight forward and very enjoyable, feet up most of the time.  As we closed on Mason’s Island we were starting to see some white caps and the little bay with the mooring was still somewhat exposed, but we expected the wind to drop and shift north in a few hours making it a perfect sheltered spot for the night.  We dropped sail, motored in, tied on and set up camp.

Annie relaxing at Mason’s Island

Cooking dinner in the cockpit

Company anchors nearby.

The joys of a shoal draft boat are shown in the next two photos.  Big boats can’t run us down here.

It was a peaceful night.  We read books and made tea and coffee and generally relaxed, mostly doing nothing special.  We were up with the sun, had a cold breakfast, took photos and video and prepared for day three.

See next pages for Day 3, 4 and 5.