We are a slow sail home on Lemanee, our Alden 44, from the BCA Victoria Day Rendezvous at Poet’s Cove in Bedwell Harbour. We had a blast! We met ‘Dreamers‘ and ‘Doners‘ as well as the crews who are heading south this season. “WooHoo Wanna Rendezvous.”
The entire event replays in our hearts and our heads. We have finally made the commitment. Excitement, anticipation and fear vibrate through us. Are we ready? Have we crossed everything off our list? Sometimes it feels like planning a family. You do whatever you can, but are you ever 100 percent ready?
We have been planning this voyage since 1999. We realized we had to have a dream and set ourselves a goal to get through the years of a busy household, children and two careers. We researched and planned: types of boats; routes; destinations; timelines, finances and hazards.
We purchased Lemanee last spring, after a very extensive search encompassing both coasts and the Great Lakes. We finally found her in Sidney and she is beautiful. Everything we wanted in a bluewater boat.
We have sold everything we owned and have jumped into the deep end. We have taken pride in our accomplishments. We have let our imaginations go wild and we dream sweet dreams of a slower lifestyle, a strong community and sunshine. We have harnessed our fears and are ready to cast off the bowlines. We will sail the BC Coastline for the summer, and in September it will be a true Bon Voyage, God Speed and sweet sailings.