Our Sailing Dream


Our Boat-Buying Trip
About Pioneer
Our Sailing Dream
Preparing to Sail
Preparing to Cruise
'05-'06 Bahamas
Off Season '06
'06-'07 Cuba
Off Season '07
'07-'08 Bahamas
Off Season '08
To Cuba '08
In Cuba '08-'09
Cuba to Minnesott '09
Off Season '09
NW Caribbean 2010
NW Caribbean 2011
Ron's Ruminations
Judy's Jubilations


We are just beginning our adventure.  It started out as Ron's  Sailing Dream, then it became "our" dream, when we got together in 2001 and married in 2003.

We met on a B.C. ferry on our respective return trips from Salt Spring and Pender Islands.  After at least a thousand e-mails, many phone calls and several visits back and forth from Lethbridge, Alberta (Ron's home) to Kitchener, Ontario (Judy's home) - we decided that life was just too short to be apart any longer.  Judy then retired from education and Ron arrived shortly thereafter to help load up the moving van and make the long cross-country drive to our new home - Lethbridge.

We started to work towards our sailing dream by taking CYA (Canadian Yachting Association) courses in cruising and navigation.  Then we joined the Salt Spring Island Sailing Club and joined in, as crew, on race days.  We learned a tremendous amount from the racing skippers, the sailing course skippers and the skippers, like our neighbour on Salt Spring, who just took us out many times and let us sail his boat.  We are grateful to all those who helped us through the steep learning curve!


Judy and Ron sail aboard Vectis off SaltSpring Island






Why such a radical dream? Perhaps it is our need to "get away from it all".  Perhaps we are just fed up with the antics of our government.  Maybe we will learn to appreciate it more once we are away from it and experience the graft and corruption of much smaller countries. But, it is our dream and it keeps us going through those long, cold Alberta winters.



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