|On our way ...|
Trip one: The RCN's Sail Training Vessel - STV TUNA - was heading from Halifax to Marblehead, MA as a combined adventure training for some of the crew of HMCS HALIFAX and a delivery to prepare for the Marblehead race. The skipper was my former student, and intrepid adventurer, John. John had not done a trip of this distance before, let alone with a very novice crew, and I was looking for a free ride to Marblehead so it was a perfect match. Plus, it is always fun when John is involved. Day one was a bit (OK, a lot) bumpy and miserable, but the novice crew (most of them had one days sailing experience) did well. We arrived in Marblehead in the middle of the night and could see Fourth of July fireworks as we approached the mainland. John chronicled the adventure in his blog. I used to manage the TUNA program so it was gratifying to see that the program was still going strong.
|The Crew from HMCS HALIFAX (They did not look as chipper 24 hours later)|
|Good Luck Kiss from Liz|
|Last Minute Checks|
|Woof Woof - SV Dogsled|
|Luxury Accommodations (and wet, very wet).|
|Wet outside as well ...|
|Not a cruiser - 47' but a bit less gear than Fluenta|
Trip Three: Haradly a week later, I was teaching a Sail Canada Advanced Cruising Course for the STV TUNA program. It was perhaps the easiest course I have ever taught. One of the students is a professional ship driver and the other, a professional pilot (ex CF104, CF18 and now Airbus) with more time on the water than I have, should really be teaching Advanced courses. Anyway, any excuse to go sailing. For the final navigation portion we had some traditional dense fog, steep swells and a bit of wind. On the way back into Halifax we were still in dense fog and the radar was u/s so I called VTS to let them know our intentions. They reported no large commercial traffic but considerable pleasure craft. This seemed a bit odd considering the fog we had been in for hours but sure enough 15 minutes later it was bright and blue all round.
|New RCN Ensign|
|Taking a break from docking practice to walk the waterfront in Halifax.|
|Rogue's Roost (Appropriately)|
|The view from the boat I was staying on.|
Of course, there is more to sailing than racing. Wendall (Liz's father) and I got the Glastron 14 back in service after 15 years of disuse. We had a nice sail with the kids and their cousin Ryan out of Wood Islands, PEI and in the North West Arm in Halifax. The Wood Islands trip also involved jigging for the evening's dinner of mackerel.
|Mackerel for Dinner|
|The Mighty Glastron 14|
|Yet more boats say the kids ...|
Of course there were a few social visits with sailing friends from Halifax. We had a chance to see Grant's new amazing house. Grant is a hull surveyor and was instrumental in the success of the STV TUNA program. He is also a great mentor in teaching me boat maintenance. I also had a chance to chat with Eric about his sailing adventures as we worked on his boat at SYC. Eric is the owner of Sea Survival, one of the guys who restarted the TUNA program and was a mentor for a lot of my offshore sailing so it was fun to catch up.
So, perhaps a tad odd to go sailing on our "holiday" from the boat but good fun as always and always lots to learn.