BLUENOSE 2 … Part 1

5 Aug

On Saturday, Rose and I head for Niagara Falls, Ontario. My Summer Holidays. We’ll be gone 9 days so I don’t know if I’ll be able to post anything during that time. I’ll try.
I was born in Ontario, but I’ve never been back there since I was 2 years old. This is going to be interesting.


Fare Thee Well Love / The Rankin Family

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia / July 28, 2016

Last year however, my Summer Holiday was extra special – a gift from Rose – a sail on the Bluenose 2 Schooner – the only item on my bucket list. And this was to be the first sail of what they called Crew for the Day – where they take just a few folks as guest crew for the day. It cost 500 bucks, but it was worth every dime.

Building up to it though, had 2 fears : the weather – would it be windy, rainy? … foggy … or what? And sea sickness. I hadn’t been out on the ocean for a long time and if there was going to large swells, well … how would I handle it? I didn’t know …


We were up at dawn and headed down to the dock …

Clear sky … no wind.

Rendezvous at Bluenose Store … first to arrive.

Muster. There’s about 12 of us.
Captain Phil Watson fills us in.

Peek inside … lots of Bluenoses.

They give us a Bluenose windbreaker and a t-shirt.
We head down to the dock. 

Permission to board. 

Ready to go … 

Crew introduction.

That gal looks heavy, but she was a hell of a Seaman/Woman.

Everybody was great.

Head below to sign in. 

A bit more orientation … 

… that’s port side. No smirking. 

Waiting to cast off … 

 

8 Responses to “BLUENOSE 2 … Part 1”

  1. maui1 August 5, 2017 at 10:53 pm #

    This is a really great post on your vacation to Nova Scotia on the Blue Nose II. I really like all the the great pictures on your post. Have a great vacation in Niagara Falls .

    Thanks

    • jcalberta August 6, 2017 at 6:03 pm #

      Thanks AMIGO! We got lost a few times, but it’s pretty great so far. Going to the falls tomorrow.

  2. GP Cox August 6, 2017 at 5:06 am #

    I’m jealous. Have a great time!! Enjoy yourself, don’t worry about us – we’ll be here!

    • jcalberta August 6, 2017 at 6:05 pm #

      Thank you! A nice adventure for us. Just hoping for good weather.

  3. Marilyn Armstrong August 6, 2017 at 7:15 pm #

    That is a glorious ship! I love sailing. Have a GREAT time.

    • jcalberta August 7, 2017 at 5:11 pm #

      Once in a lifetime! Dream come true.

  4. Don Ostertag August 7, 2017 at 12:50 pm #

    Excuse me for being envious. Have a great time.

    • jcalberta August 7, 2017 at 5:13 pm #

      Will do! I always have a good time. I refuse anything else.

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