After a few days of low supplies, washing underwear in the sink, eating regenerated green onions and thinking about heading back with a good forecast for a Cape Caution rounding we decided to check out Duncanby – a sport fishing lodge at the mouth of Goose Bay. If you know Kim and her level of tolerance for “sportees” you’ll know the situation was desperate.
Nice bright day. Motored up to the gas dock and a cheery gentleman, of about 80 years old, came right up to Nordri and said, “Is that a 34 foot North Sea Cutter?!”. Scott and I were both shocked – no one has ever correctly ID’d Nordri. “I sailed up to Alaska in that boat from Seattle in 1979.” WHA!? We finished fuelling and watering up, tied to the dock and eagerly made our way to the 30 foot powerboat Lady Jane where we met Ron and Jane and their miniature poodle and confirmed that in fact, Ron had travelled from Seattle to Alaska on Nordri (then Aventura) with his 16 year old daughter, the boat owner, Don Reynolds and his brother. We invited Ron and his friend Bill, who was accompanying the Lady Jane with his wife and their dog in Loose Wire II, a 50ish foot motoryacht up to Alaska from their home in Anacortes. Was great to see Ron’s face light up with memories as he had a look around. He remembered the settee being in the pilothouse. They invited us for a drink before our dinner reservation at the lodge at 6. We enjoyed looong hot showers while the lodge staff tackled our laundry. Enjoyed getting to know Ron, Jane, Bill and Caroline over a glass of wine and then watching the sun go down over dinner on the deck of the lodge.