Boat Show speaking Schedule
I hope you will come out to visit me at the Vancouver Boat show in January. I will be on hand every day, hanging out at the BC Author’s both gamming away, and doing a daily talk, pictures shows really, on five different themes.
Wednesday, January 20 at 6:30 pm “The Reality Escape Machine” — What you need in an offshore boat for sailing around the world safely and comfortably.
Thursday, January 21 at 4:15 pm “Bare Foot Sailing”: Living the tropical sailing paradise dream, what it is really like and how to do it.
Friday, January 22 at 1:15pm “Almost Outrunning Hurricane Ignacio and other Weather Stories” An overview of offshore sailing weather, forecasting, and planning your passages around the world.
Saturday, January 23 at 2:15 pm “Going for it” How to get off the dock and into your dreams, whatever they are for you. This is an inspirational talk on what practically you can do to prepare yourself to set out for the thing you dream of doing.
Sunday, January 24 at 3:00 pm “The misadventures of a sailing fool” — In a lifetime of sailing, I have made an awful lot of mistakes and still had the most fun I could have with my clothes on and of course, learned some very important lessons.
A Womb with a View
I can’t quite see Conversations tied up at the False Creek Yacht Club, though the Club itself is plainly visible from where I stand. The boat is just out of sight behind the huge Granville Street Bridge, north side piers. Not only do we have a great view, we are a part of it. We are living under a bridge in Vancouver!
All around, it’s a dull day. The sea gulls call noisily under the girders, a thing they do I imagine to show off with the acoustical amplification the bridge works. The Vancouver sky is barely not raining and it is dark at the modest hour of 5:00 pm as we are just past winter solstice. So winter like! Such a great view of it. We have been back in Vancouver now on little over 3 months now. The sea going adventures of our 18 day passage as we made our way from Hawaii are like a dream, dimly remembered. How quickly old realities fade into the busy background of life in a city, a city filled for me with memories of my past lives, decades old. Even from 10 years ago when we left, the city is different. I am different. What I want is different. What a chance to begin afresh. It’s a whole new adventure!
For now, as we build a new life, Irena and I stay aboard Conversations where we gorge on electricity. Extra 120 volt lighting, toasters, electric coffee grinders, food processors, a water heater even Christmas lights – it is an orgy! After so long making our precious amps – after so long being ‘the electricity Nazi’ on board – I am profligate . And I love it. In the rainy dark of a Vancouver winter, I love how the three electric heaters stationed throughout the boat, keep us dry and cozy despite the rain and blasts of wind. We are snug like bugs, happy in our False Creek womb with a view.
And, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all. I wonder how Santa Claus will find us this year so far inland! Kamploops with Irena’s Daughter and family.