Cruising with Penny and Scott Buzby in Nova Scotia
July 24-28,2011 – Stephanie's sister, Penny, and her husband Scott, an avid sailor, wanted to explore the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia by boat. We chose the coastal area south of Halifax, noted for its picturesque cruising grounds. Stephanie and I first sailed the boat north to Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we embarqued Penny and Scott. Click here to see Lunenburg's official website. We first spent two days exploring the historic architecture, working waterfront, and even took a horse carriage tour of Lunenburg.
The next morning, with Scott at the helm, we headed around the headland in dense fog to the port of Mahone Bay, happy to have our trusty radar.
We walked around the practically deserted town and had dinner ashore. The next day we sailed to Rogue’s Roost, a small inlet with a narrow entrance passage. Historically it was used by rum runners, it has in recent years become a popular destination for yachts. Indeed the anchorage was beautiful, but in the middle of the night we experienced a major wind shift, the anchor dragged, and one of our rudders hit a rock. With the help of my able crew, we re-anchored in the pitch black night. The next morning I donned wetsuit and snorkeling gear and assessed the damage. One of the rudders was compromised . Luckily, being a catamaran, we had two. Regardless, we decided to abbreviate the cruise and head back to Lunenburg.
We dropped Penny and Scott back at their car and they returned to Lockeport, while Stephanie and I sailed the boat back. We had no problem steering, so I decided to wait to repair the rudder back in Maine. In all it was quite an adventure.