I started sailing at 6 when my Dad pushed me out onto Christina Lake in a Sabot. He said "It's easy. Hold onto this (the tiller) and this (the mainsheet) and you will be fine!"
Some hear this story and think it harsh... but it was all done with smiles and absolutely no fear on my part! I loved it!
By the time I was 16, I had my CYA Silver Sail, and was teaching at a local club. I spent 20 years sailing the BC coast on a Cal
25 and later Grampian
28, but never ventured out to the blue. University followed, then jobs, then kids
... flash forward.
I'm 45, my friends are buying
Ski Cabins and Lakeshore retreats. All I want to do is get boat. I am here to learn, and eventually buy. I will spend a year coastal to learn the boat... do a short hop to Mexico
... and then cruise
the Pacific... and finally take and extended trip around the world.
I was recently with a friend on his Coronado 35, moored in Snug Cove, and met a Japanese gentleman resting after a 40 day solo trek across the Pacific from Japan
in an absolutely stunning Tayana 52, Aft Cockpit Cutter
That boat did it for me... sent me over the edge. I need to buy a boat. If there was one available on the dock
that day I would have plunked down whatever it took to sail it away!
I have since decided to take my time, talk to some experienced BWC's and beg rides on whatever I can.
My Favourites so far?
That's it. That's my introduction
, and reason for being here.
Be gentle with me.