New Vinland Voyage begins Wednesday from Prince Edward Island

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Geoff Ralling and his wife Jane on their sailing vessel Be Faithful 2 that he will sail from Charlottetown to the northern tip of Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula. 

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Charlottetown sailor Geoff Ralling sets out July 2 on his New Vinland Voyage.

He will depart from Peake’s Wharf aboard his 32-foot sail boat Be Faithful 2 on the way north across the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the northern tip of Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula.

There he will visit the L’Anse aux Meadows historic site, location of the over-wintering base established more than 1,000 years ago by Leifur Eriksson (Leif the Lucky) and his fellow Norse adventurers from Greenland and Iceland.

And from L’Anse aux Meadows he’ll sail south again, reimagining the explorations by the Vikings of the area that they so famously called Vinland. He’ll return to Prince Edward Island in mid-August.

In the opinion of Parks Canada archaeologist Dr. Birgitta Wallace, who led the original Parks Canada excavation at L’Anse aux Meadows, “the Vinland of the sagas encompasses all the coasts around the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and L’Anse aux Meadows was the base from which it was explored, the gateway into Vinland.” (p. 213, “The Viking Settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows,” in Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga, Smithsonian Institution Press, 2000)

TC Media's Guardian reporter Mary MacKay will be spending a few days on the Be Faithful 2 on Ralling’s return trip.

Those interested can follow Ralling’s progress through regular postings on The PEI Vinland Society’s Facebook page.

Organizations: Parks Canada, The North, Smithsonian Institution Press The PEI Vinland Society

Geographic location: Vinland, Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown Newfoundland Greenland Iceland

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