There are certain things a sailor has to address
after almost two months away from home base.
…that the adventure…for now, at least,
is over…
So this is what we did …
We headed home to land base,
retrieved the pile of mail that had accumulated,
took a glorious shower,
laundered our clothes…
…then headed back to the boat.
It’s the natural thing to do.
Storm/rain forecast for the next several days.
François doubled our living accomodations
by installing the full canvas enclosure…
Before leaving home base,
our neighbour gifted us with produce from her community garden…
(Galley Kat is VERY thankful)
…dinner prepared,
wine poured…
The rain actually was very much welcomed
as R.E.D.’s belly is almost literally resting
on a bed of lily pads…
…and who would complain
to be warm,
and safe
sitting in the cockpit
enjoying a fine scotch
and a movie
while the storm flashes all around…


Let me begin by saying that we both really like storms.

Not the ones that will put us at danger,

but the ones we can view while safely at a dock

or at anchor.

We have even rushed back to the boat when a good one was forecast,

just to sit in the cockpit

and watch the show.

We used to go out on our home lake in heavy winds

and high waves

to see how R.E.D. handles

and maybe more importantly,

see how we manage together as a good sailing team

while under sail

and under motor.

We were never far from shore or our club

to return quickly if needed.

Today we knew a thunder storm (orage in French)

was forecast.

We headed out early,

leftover pizza and coffee to go…

The gathering cloud formations confirmed that a storm was imminent.

Just past Prescott,

we found a small bay to anchor.

Winds had picked up gradually,

but then increased significantly.

We watched…

…and watched…

…then Francois noticed we were far closer to shore than we had been.


…motor on,

life vest donned,

dragging anchor quickly retrieved…

We crossed to a more secure bay on the south shore (US side)


…and watched the approaching storm…

…the light show was impressive…


…the thunder booming!…