Newport to Newfoundland
First leg of Transatlantic Voyage
May 30 - June 6, 1976
Birds & Sea Sightings
Blog Entry #3
Our week-long close-hauled sail to Newfoundland was blessed by cooperative cold front: 20-25 knot northerly, gusty dry breezes. From Breton Reef, Rhode Island, Reindeer made its way along the New England coast through the Cape Cod Canal, 150 miles offshore from Maine, then passed Nova Scotia and Sable Island to St. John, the most easterly point of North America. With the late May air hovering in the 50-60 degree range with clear skies, our crew felt energized and optimistic, especially when we learned the forecast was favorable the whole 5-6 day leg to Newfoundland.
Leaving Newport behind us.
The gannets Newbold wrote about in Chapter 4 of Down Denmark Strait:
"The bird life took on an oceanic character. There were fulmars, great shearwaters, sooty shearwaters, once we saw a Manx shearwater. Wilson's petrels were common and black-capped petrels occasional. We also saw red and northern phalaropes, but only near shore. .....Bird life was outstanding. The gannets were our top choice - the way they soared and dived, their wingspan of six feet, and their distinctive white, black and yellow coloring. The gannet is without question my favorite sea bird. Pictures of the new supersonic jet, the Concorde, look like carbon copies of a gannet in flight. Occasionally, we heard the sonic boom of the Concorde [jets]; no wonder New York objected to those noisy newcomers."
A fulmar and a greater shearwater
As it would turn out, his was a pleasure cruise. Our next leg of our transatlantic voyage would prove much more difficult, challenging and exhilarating!