R.E.D.'s FIRST SEASON: a recap…

My Captain described this as the best summer of his life.

I have to agree.

 

We learned so much in this our first year of owning a boat…

first year sailing together…

 

I have learned a lot about myself

and I think Francois has as well.

 

Our communication as a couple has improved 1000%.

Inspite of our French/English language differences and past individual boating experiences

we have managed to sustain a healthy relationship balance bringing us even closer together.

A very good friend described us as her ‘happy couple’.

She says that sadly she doesn’t know that many.

 

We have taken risks – albeit calculated ones – and emerged on the far side of storms

with a new respect for the elements – winds, tides, currents.

 

With every little accomplishment we realize just how much we have yet to learn.

 

There will be many more years ahead, more adventures, more places explored,

more to learn…

 

This video slideshow will serve to document what we have experienced.

We will be able to look back and remember when our memories aren’t crisp.

We will watch this time and time again, smile and say

‘Wasn’t that a great summer!’

 

 

 

 

GREAT ESCAPE #2: Leaving Middle Earth

GREAT ESCAPE #2: Leaving Middle Earth

Time to go home.
It’s been a great two weeks, a bit of drama, some great sailing,
more experiences to add to our knowledge base.
Before leaving Trois-Rivières Marina
I had to take a picture of the cutest boat ever…
Little Tiguidou..
…I kept expecting to see Frodo or Bilbo onboard…
We are in Middle Earth after all…

…time to de-mast…

 

…all wrapped, strapped and ready to go…

 

 

…following well through the woods of I’Île Saint-Quentin,
our home for the past several days…

 

…back home again…

…the club offered to launch us…

…so much easier this way…

 

 

 

…and there she is…

…back safely in the water again…

 

GREAT ESCAPE #2: Sortie on Lac-Saint-Pierre

GREAT ESCAPE #2: Sortie on Lac-Saint-Pierre

After the nerve shattering day from hell,
we finally had a day with weather decent enough for a pleasant sail.
I was surprised at how nervous I was but François reminded me that it’s like riding a horse.
If you fall off, it’s best to get right back on.
Now back at the Trois-Rivières Marina we headed out for a little sortie on Lac-Saint-Pierre
Our route…
Since our recent violent encounter with ‘Dame Nature’
we discovered that François is much more confident under motor,
while I am more comfortable under sail.
….And today, once that engine stopped, I felt at peace again.
…just the sound of R.E.D. slicing through the water and the wind in her sails…

 

….past Trois-Rivières …
…past the village of Bécancour…

…under the Pont Laviolette…
…I’m back on the horse again, my Captain…