Charlottetown mariner Geoff Ralling left Wednesday on a round-trip journey from P.E.I. to the L’anse Aux Meadows archeological site in northern Newfoundland.
He plans to to retrace the sailing journey made over 1,000 years ago by Vikings on their exploratory adventures in Vinland. It is widely speculated the Vikings travelled from their Vinland base in Newfoundland throughout the Maritimes, including Prince Edward Island.
The Guardian is teaming up with Ralling to bring his adventure to life.
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Lifestyles reporter Mary MacKay will meet up with Ralling and his crew at L’anse Aux Meadows, spend a few days at the site and then a few days onboard the boat as Ralling heads home. MacKay also plans to meet up with the sailing crew on the final leg of the Viking journey, when it sails from the Magdalen Islands to P.E.I.
“Ralling’s adventure should prove to be an interesting summer read for our print and online readers,” says managing editor Gary MacDougall. “Since we all can’t fit in his boat, we will be sending Mary along to help bring Ralling’s tale of sail and Vikings to life.”
MacDougall says depending on Ralling’s progress, MacKay hopes to begin filing her reports around July 21. The Guardian will also be keeping Islanders informed of Ralling’s progress as he makes his way to northern Newfoundland.