Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Finally Setting Sail and bbl......
Finally Setting Sail
We're all packed and ready to set sail tomorrow. Our annual sail to the Gulf Islands in the Strait of Georgia between here and Vancouver Island has been delayed almost a month due to engine problems.
I'm ready for a vacation and getting away from it all....although we do take our three small dogs with us : ) They're actually very good sailors. Dogs love small places and being close with their "pack". I'm also taking some art and craft supplies along and hope to do some sketching and making a few small things for a "Christmas Fair" in December.
The photo above is not of our boat. It is actually a photo of my partner's boat which he and two friends built from scratch back in the 70's. The boat was called the "Natural Hy". It was a farro cement 36 ft. sailboat. My partner and his two friends sailed the "Natural Hy" to Australia and back between 1974 - 1976. The above photo was taken off the coast of New Zealand. One of my partners' sailing buddies is writing an epic story of the building, sailing and demise of the "Natural Hy". "Natural Hy" was de-commissioned, stripped and ground into powder earlier this year after having her wooden mast split under heavy winds as the couple were sailing in Georgia Strait. Having a mast split under heavy winds was a fitting way for her to go as she had a number of close calls, including a 19 day storm in the south Pacific where at one point she was completely submerged by a "rogue wave". My partner was on deck at the time. His two sailing buddies didn't expect to see him again when they opened the hatch. But there he was....still on the deck, calmly bailing water out of the dingy. He looked at them and said in a classic understatement: "It's [the wave] gone."
I'm helping my partner's sailing buddy editing his sea shanty and might work on the editing while I'm away. I need a break from all this geopolitical crap. Don't get me wrong. I'll still be following all the ins and outs of the various stories and developing some ideas for when I return. I might even post something if there's a "Breaking News" type event.
But sailing in the Gulf Islands is always a "zone out" experience. Within a few hours, you leave all your cares literally in your "wake" and start living in the present...soaking in the slower pace and enjoying the "Natural Hy" you get from the sea, sky and island living.