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Old 02-10-2012, 22:36   #1
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Bay of Fundy

I thought the bay of Funday was special...Anyone here ever see the Qintiang river tidel bore? Now that is something to see!

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Old 03-10-2012, 05:28   #2
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Re: Bay of Fundy


You are right the Bay of Fundy is special. We sail from Maine to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and you have to respect the enormous tides and the currents that happen around the bay.

This past summer we went uo the Saint John River, at the head of the Bay. Read up on the description of the reversing waterfalls at Saint John, NB and you will get some idea of the water movement in this area.

Our Camper Nicholson 39 usually sails at six to seven knots but when we went into Digby, NS we topped out at thirteen point eight knots!

We routinely sail with the tide and anchor for the rest of the time so we do not loose groud or just sit in one spot sailing along at our six knots.

Attached is a picture of the stairs to the float in Digby where there is about thirty feet of tide. At high tide the ramp shown is almost horizontal and you walk down the right side of the ramp.

Come on up and try it some time.

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Old 03-10-2012, 06:02   #3
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Re: Bay of Fundy

The Bristol Channel is very similar to the Bay of Fundy, with a similar tidal range -- about 13 meters.

The English Channel also has huge tides, also getting up to 13 meters or so in places like the Bay of St. Malo, and very commonly 5 or 6 meters. The tidal range in the spot where I keep my boat is about 5 meters.

It adds a whole different dimension to sailing, managing the tidal streams correctly, anchoring, passage planning, berthing against non-floating quays. Navigation of a long passage across tidal waters, like crossing the English Channel, is also a whole science in itself. The strong tidal streams -- reaching up to 12 knots in some places like the Alderney Race -- also create races and whirlpools which can be extremely hazardous, especially with wind against tide. Tidal waters are fun!
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Old 03-10-2012, 06:24   #4
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Re: Bay of Fundy

Sailed to Grand Manan IS in bay of Funday; stepped off the dock (fixed) ; came back 6 hs. later , could have changed the mast head light bulb while standing in the same spot (30' sailboat). Nuff said.
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