Time to get nautical

23/05/2019 Posted by admin

For the most part, I’ve always lived close to a body of water. From Lake Ontario to the Pacific Ocean, I love the waterside living. Yes, it can bring more rain, more snow and more wind sometimes but usually the prettiness of the body of water outweighs those negatives. Recently though, I realized that I’ve been enjoying life beside or close to water, but not on the water.  I’m quite good at relaxing on the beach and splashing in the water but haven’t spent much time out on the lake itself.  And so I thought to myself, what better way to right this wrong than here in the Okanagan where the lake is pretty and the boats are plentiful?

 

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With that said, I signed up for sailing classes at the Kelowna Yacht Club! There was about a month of classes where I learned the different parts of a boat, how to navigate a boat and emergency procedures. I learned different ways to tie knots, the various rope grips on a boat and how to read the wind.

Sailing is a completely different world. People who sail have to learn a whole other language and interact with different social norms. It was and is still a lot to absorb, and while I’m the first to admit I’m not a sailing expert, I feel like I have a decent grasp on it now. I’ve learned how to steer a boat, change the sails and adjust the sails to the wind. Being out on the water, it can be an incredible thing to realize just how powerful Mother Nature can be: winds shift direction with the snap of a finger and the water can get choppy or still in the blink of an eye.

It’s an amazing feeling to be out on a boat away from the reaches of the land and surrounded by water. When it’s a nice, hot and sunny day, it’s the most relaxing thing in the world to be sitting on a boat. When the winds are strong and you’re fighting with the boat to keep it straight, it can be thrilling and exhilarating. Think “The Perfect Storm” but not really.

 

And so, I thought I would share this experience with you! I’m still learning and I doubt I’ll ever stop learning how to sail (it just seems so complex!). Learning how the sail has kick-started my summer and I can’t wait for what’s to come. I’ll be sure to share it right here on my blog. In the meanwhile, here is some picture evidence:

 

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