We left Cape Cod on July 1st on a sunny day. Families were out and about at the beach, kids swimming and playing. A friend of Pippin’s, escorted us on his boat out of the harbor. We sailed away excited to begin our journey into the open sea, not knowing all that it would be in front of us. We spent the following four days/three nights in the open sea. Pippin and I took turns overnight, kept watch for traffic (other boats), obstacles that we may hit (rocks/islands) and made sure that the boat was kept on course. The experience of the ocean at night is like no other. The water changes all the time, at times it looks like oil, almost solid on the surface. Other times it is calm and soothing. Other times is choppy and energetic, paying no attention to how that may affect our boat. lol. For me, the four days at sea have marked the beginning of a transformative transition into the world of sailing and marine life. Suddenly, the boat is beginning to take a personality of its own. We called her Silhouette, moving with ease, finding her way to safe harbor. Taking care of Silhouette is a focus and greatly affects our everyday experience.
We are currently at Nova Scotia, anchored in a mooring at Armdale Yatch Club. What stands out about Nova Scotia is how incredibly friendly and generous everyone is. We feel totally welcome to Canada and to Nova Scotia. And it is really great to be here. Now, we await for favorable weather to take us to Bras d’Or Lakes in Cape Breton Island.
As we await, we are noticing how few sailboats are here in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Yesterday noon, as we get our dinghy ready to go into town, a couple came to talk to us. Their boat’s name was Egret. They shared with us they have sold their house, bought this amazing power boat and have already taken it around the world twice. They left for Norway last night. Wow!
We then take our dinghy around the boats and as we approach Iron Bark II, its owner Trevor quickly invited us in. We had the most amazing 2 2/1 hour conversation with Trevor and his wife Annie. Amazing people whose inspiration is to have the smallest imprint on the planet. They have sailed all over the world, for years, on a very small budget. Check out their bio: http://www.thegreeninterview.com/annie-hill-bio. Annie and Trevor were so generous with their time. Turns out they have been to Newfoundland several times and know the island in minute detail. Trevor shared with Pippin information about sailing in Newfoundland not found in any publication. Annie shared with me perspectives about sailing, life and culture so profound that I still feel my body energized and so inspired by what she shared. She lives in her own boat (26ft) in New Zealand. She called herself a Mariner, not a sailor. It was so juicy and awesome for me to get her perspective of sailing, as a woman. And then to find out how accomplished of a sailor she is. . . I feel privileged to have spent that time with her.
Trevor told us internet access gets more difficult to find as we head north to Newfoundland. Also, fuel will be harder to find.