Home Waters

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Happy New Year! Wishing you all health, happiness, someone to love and something to look forward to. This is ‘Seafire’ blog 92. I just received my annual stats and I’m a bit chuffed. This blog is now viewed in 82 countries by over 4700 regular viewers. Thank you everybody!

There’s no text this time, no polemic conjectures, no wry humour or candid observations.

Jill and I took the boat out for New Year’s Eve and quietly slept our way into 2016. Yesterday, January 1st was spent leisurely although, despite the sun, it was bitterly cold. I photographed the dawn and then we took the dinghy to grab mug shots of some some noisy neighbours down the beach. In the evening we warmed our feet and our hearts sitting by the wood stove in the home of some dear friends on Gabriola Island. Then we idled back out from the icy beach through the bitter darkness to the sanctuary of ‘Seafire.’ It was a wonderful way to open the year. Here are some photos of those first hours.

Two posts back, I mused about the approximately 50 miles distance I covered in one day aboard ‘Seafire’ and compared the mileage other folks might be able to cover in relative times. At Christmas I chatted with my brother, an Air Canada pilot. He now flies a 787 on a non-stop route between Toronto and Delhi, India. That is roughly half-way around the planet in about fifteen hours! How’s that for relative? Just remember that if you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll probably end up somewhere else. Stay the course.

First light, First photograph, 2016
First Light, First photograph, 2016
Mount Baker Taken from one of my favourite anchorages on the entire Bc Coast, Dogfish Bay, Kendrick Island at Gabriola Passage
Mount Baker
Taken from one of my favourite anchorages on the entire BC Coast, Dogfish Bay, Kendrick Island at Gabriola Passage
Old Glory shakes A Leg The day, the year begins
Old Glory Shakes A Leg
The day, the year begins
The Shadows Vanquished It IS as cold as it looks
The Shadows Vanquished
It IS as cold as it looks
The Cave An excellent acoustic chamber, it amplified the party din of noisy neighbours a few miles down the beach
The Cave
An excellent acoustic chamber, it amplified the party din of noisy neighbours a mile down the beach
Hey Guys! It was midnight hours ago. turn it down huh?
Hey Guys! It was midnight hours ago.
Turn it down huh?
Old Tattoo. This old thug would look right at home on a Harley. The tattoo is how research people track these sea lions. Some them migrate hundreds of miles.
Old Tattoo.
Wouldn’t this old thug would look right at home on a Harley? The branded number is how research people track these sea lions. Some them migrate hundreds of miles.
Whadya mean "New Year's Annual Polar Bear Dip?"
Whadya mean “New Year’s Annual Polar Bear Dip?” Sing or Swim!

 

Some revellers slept where they fell
Some revellers slept where they fell
Fish for breakfast, again.
Fish for breakfast, again.
Keep your bow pointing south and the sun on your port bow. Happy New Year.
Keep your bow pointing south and the morning sun to port.
Happy New Year.

Author: Fred Bailey

Fred is a slightly-past middle age sailor /, writer / photographer with plenty of eclectic hands-on skills and experiences. Some would describe him as the old hippy who doesn't know the war is over. He is certainly reluctant to grow up and readily admits to being the eternal dreamer. He has written several books including two novels, 'The Keeper' and 'Storm Ecstasy,' as well as 'The Water Rushing By', 'Sins Of The Fathers', 'The Magic Stick', as well as an extensive inventory of poetry, essays, short stories, anecdotes and photographs. His first passion is the ocean, sailboats, voyaging and all those people who are similarly drawn to the sea. He lived aboard and extensively cruised the BC Coast on 'Seafire' the boat he refitted to go voyaging, to explore new horizons both inner and outer. This blog was about that journey and the preparations for it. Circumstances prevailed which forced the sale of his beloved vessel. Now on a different tack, the voyage continues. If you follow this blog your interest may provide some of the energy that helps fuel the journey. Namaste Contact me at svpaxboat@gmail.com

5 thoughts on “Home Waters”

  1. You sound much happier Fred. We’re happy to read you made it home safe and sound and your New Years Eve and day sounds perfect. All the best to you and Happy New Year from Karen & Ole.

    1. I have a wonderful little Olympus T2 pocket camera and an old Canon EOS with a few lenses. It’s a bit of a club, I’m not happy with the lenses but it will have to do for now. I’d recommend the Sony SLRs if anyone is looking for a good camera.
      Fred

  2. Thank You Fred I love your photo`s Woow Nice sunset/ close to Vancouver Here in Tiny we live close to the water Georgian Bay` ONTARIO… keep IT UP “HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU & LOVED ONES iris FROM – TINY THANKS AGAIN*

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