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Explore Newfoundland Project 2015

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Ice climbing in Lance Cove on Southern Shore of the Avalon Peninsula. © 2014 GREG LOCKE #exploreNL

#EXPLORE NEWFOUNDLAND ….adventures in the Newfoundland outdoors is our new project for 2015 where we will be pursuing the spirit of travel, exploration, adventure and the testing of ones physical limits looking for great stories, powerful photos and engaging video of the people who take on the challenges of the land, sea and environment.

In the past couple of years I have been getting re-acquainted with the outdoors and the opportunities for adventure it offers. Hiking, climbing, skiing and any number of human powered endeavors are only minutes out your door in Canada’s most eastern province. We have gathered of a few photos from last year to get our project website up and running and throughout the year we will be adding more photos, video and stories as we seek out the best Newfoundland has to offer in outdoor adventure.

So far this year we have been ice climbing on Cape Broyle and snow shoe racing on Three Pond Barrens. In the next few weeks we’ll be back with new cross-country skiing. Stay tuned for trail running, rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking and to close out the summer a back country hiking and camping trip through Gros Morne National Park.

visit the #Explore Newfoundland site!

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You can’t do projects like this on your own so we are grateful for the assistance of The Outfitters and Wallnuts Climbing Center in helping us make pictures happen.

Sailing season wraps up

The last of the Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club’s Wednesday night racing sessions on Conception Bay happened this week. With the days getting shorter we headed out into the setting sun, big winds and healthy ocean swell. It all made for a fast and wet evening but when the sun went down and we sailing back in the winds had died, the seas were calm and there was a glorious full moon glistening on the bay. So, thanks for for another awesome racing season Greyling. It was a great ride. Photo by Greg Locke © 2013

Sailing season wraps up

The last of the Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club’s Wednesday night racing sessions on Conception Bay happened this week. With the days getting shorter we headed out into the setting sun, big winds and healthy ocean swell. It all made for a fast and wet evening but when the sun went down and we sailing back in the winds had died, the seas were calm and there was a glorious full moon glistening on the bay. So, thanks for for another awesome racing season Greyling. It was a great ride. Photo by Greg Locke © 2013

BMW RNYC RaceWeek 2013

Remember that scene in the Muppet Treasure Island movie where the ship got caught in the Doldrums …no wind, really hot, and everyone went a little mad? Well, it was kind of like that on Saturday at this years BMW – RNYC Race Week. No wind, DEAD CALM for more than four hours in the blistering sun. Not enough wind to move a boat but calm enough for a little swimming, a diving contest and “high seas” broadsides battle with water bombs and buckets of water. Or a chance to just catch up on your sleep. Mercifully, after lunch and before everyone drank all the beer they had on-board, the wind came up and the they had enough time to get one good long race in for the day.

Indeed, the whole week was a bit of weather craziness. Day 1 they raced in torrential rains, Day 2 was cancelled due to too much wind. Day 3 the wind was all over the place, swinging 180 degrees at one point …lots of sail changes that day, and Day 4 no wind for half the day. Everyone said they have never seen anything like it. Which is what makes sailing in Newfoundland a challenge (or adventure) even on a normal day.

Consequently I didn’t get a lot of hard core racing shots this year but did capture a bit of the fun that goes on when sailors can’t sail and had a blast, as always being a winch monkey on-board Greyling.  Thank you Dave and Heather for the boat therapy. Race Results can be found on the Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club website and see gallery my below.

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RNYC Race Week photo gallery now online

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Racing yachts Shalloway and Deja Vu fight for position at the start line of a race during Race Week at the Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club in Conception Bay Newfoundland August 17, 2012.

We have a GALLERY of Race Week photos now online. Prints can be ordered directly on the site.

Sailing away

Yacht Grayling in Conception Bay, Newfoundland. Photo by Greg Locke © 2012

We are getting our sea legs in shape for the Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club’s Race week coming up in mid August. With this summer being one of the best in recent memory the waters around Newfoundland and Labrador are filled with boats of all shapes and sizes. Some sailors say they have spent more time on the water this summer already than in the past few years combined. The weekly club racing at the RYNC and Terra Nova club have been a major success this year.
Photo by Greg Locke © 2012

Sailing away

Yacht Grayling in Conception Bay, Newfoundland. Photo by Greg Locke © 2012

We are getting our sea legs in shape for the Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club’s Race week coming up in mid August. With this summer being one of the best in recent memory the waters around Newfoundland and Labrador are filled with boats of all shapes and sizes. Some sailors say they have spent more time on the water this summer already than in the past few years combined. The weekly club racing at the RYNC and Terra Nova club have been a major success this year.
Photo by Greg Locke © 2012