In August WestJet Sue kindly invited G and I to join her and her husband, Kevin, on a 3-hour sail around Vancouver Harbour. Loaded with supplies of food, wine and beer we met our skipper, Cody, at Coal Harbour and jumped aboard the Blue Heron and were within minutes out on the water. We sailed west up First Narrows and under the iconic LionsGate Bridge and then out into English Bay to bob among the many tankers that lay at anchor there waiting for their slip to open at the port. Those tankers, which look so small from the window of our condo as they motor up Coal Harbour, are massive when you’re sailing alongside them in a 28-foot sailboat.
We cranked the tunes, sipped our wine and confirmed secret desires to all take up sailing (something I admit have long wanted to do but still haven’t found time to actually undertake). My bad. As the sun set, we turned east again and sailed back toward Coal Harbour to moor just off Stanley Park to await hearing the 9 o’clock cannon fire off while on the water. Lemme tell you, it’s loud when we watch from the condo every night but it’s a whole new experience to be directly in front of the blessed gun as it fires. You feel it run throughout your body.
21) here you’ll see the small flash as the gun goes off and our commentary on it
22) here’s a video as dust settles in and we head to the dock showing the Vancouver skyline at night