Caught by The Sea

“…this beginning motion, this first time when a sail truly filled and the boat took life and knifed across the lake under perfect control, this was so beautiful it stopped my breath…”

Gary Paulsen, Caught by the Sea

You could travel anywhere along the coastline of NS, and the view would take your breath away at every new place you visit. Whether you are astonished by calm glass-like water, or startled by harsh winds and tall waves hitting the rocks on the shore, every view has something to share about the history of NS and Canada.

When sailing, often times I have my head buried in the boat. Always sheeting in/out, tying knots, or navigating. There are times when I am so enticed by what is happening in my immediate surroundings, that I forget to look up and enjoy the view.
I can distinctly remember a beautiful fall day that I had taken opportunity of for a sail. I paddled out to my family’s small 140 Paceship, rigged the boat, and set out to enjoy the day. We moor our boat on the Lahave River NS, and where I live, it’s quite narrow. On this particular day, the wind was coming straight down the river, making it hard to travel upwind. Now keep in mind, 140 Pace Ships are not famous for sailing close hauled, making it almost impossible to travel get up the river. As the day continued, I had tacked so many times I lost count. I had attempted long tacks, beating, backing the jib, but nothing seemed to work. I was so focused on where I wanted to go, that I got distracted from where I was. I look back on that moment now, and I wish I would have looked around the boat, taken a deep breath, and be grateful for where I was.
After that day, when I am going for long sails, I keep two alarms on my sailing watch.

                           2:00pm – After lunch

                           7:30pm– Sunset

When I hear my watch give two small beeps, weather it’s pouring rain or beating wind, I finish what I am doing, and then take a look out on the horizon. This gives me the chance to be more in touch with my surroundings, and appreciate where I am at the given moment.

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