With wind full in our sails, sun shining brightly on our faces, the concerns of life just blew away with the wind. Sailing in the gulf islands was fantastic!
Written Gretta Kennedy • Traveling islanders
Traveling Companions: Captain Chris, 1st mate Scott and Adventurous Annabelle
I quite enjoy new experiences, especially when those experiences have an element of adventure to them. I was enjoying an afternoon with Jay and the boys down at the dock when a friend pulled up in his sailboat and asked if we wanted to go out for an hour or so.
None of us had ever been in a sailboat, but jumped at the chance for a new adventure of sailing in the gulf islands.
We live on the East side of Vancouver Island right next to the gateway to the gulf Islands and directly across from Salt Spring Island. The natural landscape easily makes this one of the most beautiful places in the world.
It’s no wonder people from all over the world travel to the Islands for their vacation time. The activities and attractions abound, the list is never ending.
We hopped in the small sail boat with life jackets on and I quickly decided sailing is a fun activity.
All I have known of sailing is what I’ve learned from movies. It seems someone always falls overboard when the boom (you know, that big bar at the bottom of the sail) swings quickly from one side to the next, knocking the unsuspecting person over. So though this was at the back of my mind as a possibility, I was still able to relax.
Watching Jay sprawled out on his stomach over the top of the boat when the boom swung by, I figured he was the most likely to get knocked overboard anyways.
With wind full in our sails, sun shining brightly on our faces, the cares of the day, the concerns of life just blew away with the wind.
Our friend and captain, Chris let the boys play with the rudder a bit and was patient as I asked questions trying to figure out exactly how it’s possible to get back to the dock even when the wind is blowing in the opposite direction.
As we headed back, I stuck my feet over the edge into the water and a few squeals of delight escaped as we turned hard into the wind.
I felt like I would soon fall in the water or tip over, but was quickly assured I was perfectly safe and this was normal. Who knew a boat could tip so much and not fall over? After an hour of sailing in the gulf islands Captain Chris brought us back to the dock and we said goodbye.