Originally Posted by Edward Bairstow
Thank you for that advice. Thatís just what I was looking for. The charts
show shallow waters in most of those inlets, and I can imagine breakers if the wind
were against tide. What strength of tidal currents is usual along that coast? Iím planning to bring my trailer
sailor from the Great Lakes
to Cape Breton some time if COVID-19 gets under control.
Yeah it's definitely possible to get something messy with a big northwest wind on a falling tide. But in the summer, the wind is mostly south west. I've been over that side of the island many times, and i haven't had an issue with that. i'd watch out for a strong northwest gale which wouldnt be common in the summer. I imagine you'd have no problem whatsoever on 8 out of 10 days or better in july / August and early Sept.
Also, avoid the Suete winds on the west side. Suete is local Acadian for south east. this happens when there is high pressure over the gulf, and warm low pressure air pushing in from the atlantic, forcing a blast of air down from the highlands in a southeasterly direction. No worries about seas as it is offshore
, but the gusts can be exceptional. My wife and i got caught in one about 7 years ago, in our hunter
that we had at the time. We had sailed around the top of the island, warm and heavy overcast on the northeast side, and saw clear sky to the west once we came around money
point. We took the sails
down and motored from Cape St lawrence south into cheticamp. The wind was strong enough to give us a heel angle in excess of 20 degrees on bare poles, and when the biggest gust hit the water
things would white out from salt water
. not really dangerous but quite the wind. They are fairly predicable and thus to be avoided but not to be worried about. You probably don't want to be in a trailer sailer in a Suete