© Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
Geoff Ralling and his wife Jane on their sailing vessel Be Faithful 2 prior to Ralling sailing out of Charlottetown July 2.
Charlottetown mariner Geoff Ralling and crewmember Scott Stewart set sail to the Isle de la Madeleine Monday morning after hunkering down in Souris to wait out tropical storm Arthur.
They are on the first leg of a journey that is retracing the seaward steps taken by Viking explorers in this region 1,000 years ago.
“They were making phenomenal speed (early in the morning),” Ralling’s wife Jane said of the effect of the current that was sling-shotting them toward their destination.
“As you’re coming around East Point, it’s like there’s a great conveyor belt. It just booms around East Point and heads north. And that works for a couple of hours coming around East Point. Then obviously as the day wears on and the tide changes that works a little bit against you but there’s less of an effect out in the gulf.”
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The two men, who are aboard the 32-foot Be Faithful 2, will strike out for Newfoundland next and are expected to arrive at L’Anse aux Meadows in mid-July where Guardian reporter Mary MacKay is set to join in on the Viking Voyage expedition.