Sailing is a liberating and thrilling adventure as it uses the wind to propel the boat. In my previous sailing experiences, I often compare it to flying. When the sails are filled with wind, the breeze carries you so fast, that you feel like you are flying with the wind. As with any other sports, sailing requires all the passengers to be active participants, from trimming the sails to taking the helm. But there are times to sit back and enjoy the wind blowing in your hair.
I couldn’t have asked for better weather conditions for my sailing adventure. The sun was shining and wind was blowing. I stepped on board a beautiful 47-foot Jeanneau sailboat called the Caledonia II. This beauty had an interesting history. The Captain, Peter, shared with me that the boat was rescued after it was abandoned at sea. Peter said it’s next to impossible to find an abandoned boat in the open ocean because the boat is just a spec in the vast open ocean. But fate had it that the company LNG crossed paths with her and brought her back to Boston. And that’s where Peter, the current owner, picked her up from and brought her back. What a remarkable story. What’s even more remarkable is that she is in terrific condition.
Before we set sail, Peter went over some safety tips. First, we went down below deck to learn the theory of how sailboats work and what sets it in motion. For optimal energy use, a sailboat travels with the wind, which then propels the boat forward. He also taught me the “Man Over Board” technique, which thankfully we didn’t have to use for this adventure.
This sailboat was so comfortable as it had lots of room to move around on and had cushy seats. We moved swiftly through the water as we sailed around Secret Cove. Peter let me take over the helm during our trip. I looked straight ahead to keep my course and looked periodically at the tell tails to make sure the wind was directly behind us. It’s not too difficult to steer the boat but there are a few things you need to keep in mind; the water traffic around the boat, what the wind is doing, and communicating to the crew if any changes need to be made in the sails.
We finally reached our destination, Smuggler’s Cove, a quaint provincial marine park. Its pirate name came from its history of liquor trafficking and smuggling Chinese immigrants. We slowly navigated through the visible rock and reef that were in the water. This is one of the most popular summer boat anchorages on the Sunshine Coast because it is protected from the wind and sea.
Caledonia II is a retired sailboat that enjoys sunsets, going on full day or 6-hour cruises, loves wind in her sails, she is easy going, and is compatible with anyone.
5356 Ole's Cove Road
Halfmoon Bay, BC, Canada, V0N 1Y2
Tel. 1-877-296-4593 / 604 885-7038
To get a breath of country air, I headed over to Thee Malaspina Ranch Stables to saddle up for my 2-hour horseback riding adventure with my guide, Andy. He was a tall, dark, handsome cowboy who had a pleasant demeanor about him. He saddled me on Jewel, a beautiful horse who was gentle and cautious with every step. I recommend her to riders who are apprehensive of horseback riding as she will take care of you very well.
We started our adventure under the tree-shaded trails with Jewel walking and trotting on the trail. It was a calm and relaxing activity as I rode and listened to Andy’s stories. The climatic part of our day was when we reached our destination. The elevation of 1800 feet gave us a picturesque view of the ocean and mountain ranges, like Mount Daniel and Bear’s Tooth. This really was gorgeous country and wilderness.
Andy proposed a horse competition between the guys and gals. It was an obstacle course race that involved circling a rose bush, raising your arm at the mountain range, another 360 degree turn and cantering back to the group as fast as you can. Well, the girls won for completing all the required actions throughout the obstacle course. We made our way up the hill to the lookout point and the view was breathtaking! It was clear and so quiet; for a moment I felt like we were the only people on earth.
I really appreciated Andy because he’s passionate about what he does. He loves giving riders a positive horseback riding experience, especially to those who might have had misconceptions or negative experiences with horses previously. Andy takes pleasure and pride in building confidence in people, and showcasing the beautiful outdoors and the gentleness of the horses.
13199 Sunshine Coast Highway
Madeira Park, BC, V0N 2H0
Tel: (001) 604-883-1126