Welcome to the cruising blog of Wayne and Michele Sharp!
If you want to learn a little bit about cruising, satisfy your curiosity, live vicariously, or be entertained, I think you've come to the right place.
Feel free to ask questions or post comments in the comment section of each post; I will respond to all of them. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We've written a book based on the blog from our first journey in 2007 - Adventures of a Once Reluctant Sailor: A Journey of Guts, Growth, and Grace. It is available online from my website at reluctantsailor.net, and from Apostle Islands Booksellers, Copperfish Books, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. Your local bookstore can also order it for you. We've included over 170 color and black and white photos.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
The Blue Whales had disappeared and we were sitting back, relishing the experience. All of a sudden there seemed to be a lot of whitecaps on the water and my immediate thought was, "Belugas." Then I would laugh and say to myself, "Now I'm imagining that every little thing is a whale." Except they were Belugas and we were surrounded by them - over 100 for sure.
They swam past the boat, swam up to the boat, swam under the boat, and I couldn't shoot my camera fast enough. Wayne put the engine in neutral, as we understood the protocol to be. We realized we were in a marine park sanctuary when the park patrol boat interrupted our experience and set us straight: If we find ourselves in a pod of Belugas, we are supposed to leave the area immediately and stay at least 400 meters away (200 meters from Blue Whales). While they kindly educated Wayne about whale etiquette, I kept taking photos, including some of Kyanna with Rachael taking photos of the Belugas.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
But the highlight of our day came in the form of an email from Michael; he'll be joining us for a week in September (we wish Amy could come too)! He'll fly to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and will sail with us to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Of course we need to work out the timing thing, but as long as there are no big weather delays we should be fine. WOO-HOO! Doin’ the happy dance!
We ate hastily and went out to experience nightlife in Old Montreal; it was such a treat and a much-needed change of scenery for us. Place Jacques Cartier, a popular pedestrian-only street in the heart of Old Montreal, is directly across from the marina. It's a vibrant place bordered on both sides with shops, restaurants, and cafes. The cobblestone streets and 17th and 18th century architecture give it a distinctly European flavor. Street artists, performers, and vendors add to the color and lively character of the area. What a delight it was to just explore, observe, people-watch, and soak up the energy.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Last night when we were getting ready for bed I commented to Wayne that it was the first day since we left home that I didn't feel sticky with perspiration (he agreed, so it's not what you think). We slept with a quilt over us for the first time. This morning it was downright chilly and I threw on a pair of sweats...very quickly, I might add. We have been blessed with beautiful boating weather and very little rain, but would appreciate more wind so we could sail more.
|Rafted up in the lock|
Monday, August 13, 2007
When I was a child, I used to fantasize about living on my own island. It may have had something to do with being an introvert living in a chaotic household with five siblings less than eight years younger than me, I don't know. Anyway, today I was utterly fascinated by all the single-dwelling islands we passed and went nuts photographing them.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
I have lots more and will get them posted as time online permits. Unfortunately, I don't have time to sort through them much while we're traveling, so please excuse the duplications and lack of captions.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
Sunday, August 5, 2007
We didn't realize at the time how lucky we were that there was no room for us at the dock or moorings - we could have ended up in the middle of a huge party whether we wanted to or not. Instead, we were anchored a fair distance away, but not so far that we didn't feel a part of the action :)
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
A couple days ago I suggested people ask us questions, either by email or in the "comments" portion of each day's blog. Here is today's Question of the Day:
A: That varies tremendously. We plan ahead and look at the weather every day. We have state-of-the-art Sirius marine weather service, which tells us winds, waves, barometric pressure, and so on. It has sophisticated weather maps and gives us weather reports and storm warning alerts; I noticed there were tornado warnings in northern Florida a couple days ago. If the weather looks ominous, we batten down the hatches (literally!) and stay put.