Wednesday, 17 August 2011

please, come in

This is Nyon. We have sailed and lived on her for 4 years. Yeah, the wood needs to be refinished, the cushions need some new covers, and the list goes on. But. We think she's lovely.

P.S. If you're wondering where the chart table is, it slides out (like a drawer), and sits above the fridge, our electronics, which you can't see in the video, are above that and on the companionway door.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

ode to our friends

As excited as we are to start our big adventure... There is inevitable sadness associated with our departure. 

In life, people come and go, and with luck you end up with a handful of keepers... Rick and I can honestly say we have been privileged. Our friends have helped us in our time of need, laughed with us and cried with us. Some have helped us refit our boat, others brought food during those desperately long work days. We have shared our trials, tribulations and joys with each other. They have also needed us, our crazy ideas, and thoughts. We will miss them.

They are rabble-rousers, artists, adventurers, designers, nature-lovers, sailors, nerds, (as am I), and athletes. Some we see nearly every day, others we already love from afar. Going to places unknown, meeting new people, it's all very exciting. Saying goodbye, well, it's a little harder. 

This is for them. (You know who you are.)

 Kind and Generous by Natalie Merchant

You’ve been so kind and generous
I don’t know how you keep on giving
For your kindness, I’m in debt to you
For your selflessness, my admiration
For everything you’ve done, you know I’m bound
I’m bound to thank you for it

You've been so kind and generous
I don’t know how you keep on giving
For your kindness, I’m in debt to you
And I never could have come this far without you
For everything you’ve done, you know I’m bound
I’m bound to thank you for it

Oh I want to thank you for so many gifts you gave
The love, the tenderness, I wanna thank you
I want to thank you for your generosity,
The love and the honesty you gave me
I want to thank you, show my gratitude
My love, and my respect for you, I want to thank you
Oh, I want to thank you, thank you
Thank you, thank you
I want to thank you, thank you,
Thank you, thank you

Sunday, 7 August 2011

the art of play

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. (Kalhil Gibran)

BCA Rendez-Vous
Winter Cove, Saturna Island
On the August long-weekend, we went to the BCA Goodbye Rendez-Vous. I have mentioned the Bluewater Cruising Association before, it is meant as a resource for people who want to go offshore. We're not unique in our sailing group, there are 37 boats heading south this year alone! I was rather surprised, apparently it's a record number. In our day-to-day life, we tend to stand out for dropping out of the rat-race and choosing to live the life of sea-gypsies. We still stand out in BCA, but only because we are this year's youngest crew to leave Canadian shores. We figure, why wait? We are smart. We are hard-working. We love adventure. We love sailing.

Quiet time with a sketchbook
Interestingly, all of the experienced offshore sailors we know, have repeated the same mantra: "Go when you're young. Don't wait!" We like that advice. I don't want to pay the price of "someday in the future" I'll get to go on adventures. Anyone who knows us, knows we are not afraid of hard work. Lord knows, we are pros at that. But we also love to play. I've often witnessed adults lose their ability to do things simply for the pleasure of it. Everything has to have a purpose. Suffer now so you can have fun later. How many times have I heard, "I don't have time." or "I'm too busy." Too busy for pleasure? 

We do not stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing. (G.B. Shaw)

Our friend KK is coming aboard,
 time to bake a Wacky Cake!
Editor's note: I should add that we had to learn some of this the hard way. One does not have to stay trapped in a situation, there is always a way out. Sometimes one needs a kick in the ass, but realizing that how we choose to live, is in fact, really up to us was the best realization. Turns out, we really like to play! Of course, it doesn't mean there aren't obstacles in the way, such as finances, etc, but there is a lot to be said about attitude...  Cheers, Kyra


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