Friday, June 15, 2012

2012 Ambitious Regatta Tour has Begun

Our sailing team has begun it's road wars, with the Trillium Regatta in Ontario, the first stop. Heading out of Montreal on week ends is always an adventure, and it is fun to sail different waters.

For Trillium, hosted by the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, we launched "Ambitious" from near the downtown core, and then sailed over to Toronto Island. We are not veterans of these traveling events, and so we carefully and diligently go through the steps of getting in the water and rigging. One pleasure  of taking a bit longer to do this was hoisting the sails just as nightfall came, when the city lights switched on. I took the photo above with my phone. We actually sailed right beside and underneath the cityscape, and looked way up in wonderment as the towers loomed above us. It was surreal to silently move through the dark, empty harbour, while only perhaps 500 metres away, a giant city was moving into the hustle and excitement of Friday night. Such opposite social experience, yet happening simultaneously.

It was a magical way to start our adventures away from Montreal, magnified because we had actually just stepped into the boat on the water for the first time of 2012, and were embarking on our first sail, let alone a big regatta. In the daylight that followed, we sailed into the jostling start line with more than 40 competitive Sharks for again an opposite experience. That is another story, but suffice to say, our adventures of 2012 are well underway.

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