To Sea by Virtue

One sunny afternoon last month, we accompanied friends aboard the Virtue, their Beneteau 400 sailing vessel.
We were only too happy to share in the enjoyment of the October sea and sky.

Rowing in the little boat to the big boat


Our hosts
Loving it – let’s go!

020“Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

070“I never get tired of the blue sky.” – Vincent Van Gogh

048“Roll on, deep and dark blue ocean, roll… Man marks the earth with ruin, but his control stops with the shore.” – Lord Byron

046“Long may your big jib draw.” – legendary Newfoundland saying meaning good wishes for the future

057“I wanted freedom, open air and adventure. I found it on the sea.” – Alaine Gerbault

056“How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.”
– Arthur C. Clarke

031“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”
– William Arthur Ward


050“When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.” – Buddha


062“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” – Jacques Yves Cousteau

The Virtue 

  “I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and sky; and all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.” – John Masefield

Have you ever gone sailing on a beautiful day such as this?

25 thoughts on “To Sea by Virtue

  1. Beautiful post. It looks like a perfect day sailing. We had your boat’s little sister…28 feet, a beautiful sail, berthed in the Firth of the Forth in Edinburgh, Scotland. We had many a blue sky. I love sailing. Enjoy. 🙂


  2. Yes, many times. The one thing I regret about my move tot he North of England is the decision I made to sell my boat. Unless you are a dedicated fisherman (which I am not) the North Sea holds few charms. So I content myself with memories, and beautiful reminiscences inspired by your excellent pictures. Thank you.


  3. Delightful post! Of course, one can’t miss with the sea! I’m fortunate to be so close myself. Despite all the time I have spent in Canada in my youth, I never made it to the east. Great quotes…

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  4. The quote by Arthur C. Clarke made me laugh, because it’s so true. Gorgeous pictures, Jennifer. I’ve been sailing once off one of our local docks. My experience with boats has been mainly kayaking when we lived up north. You’ve brought back fond memories.

    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀


  5. Long may your big jib draw Jennifer! I have never been sailing, can you believe it? I recognized this as your post by the picture of the beautiful, colourful house before I even saw the name of your blog!
    Diana xo

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    1. You impress me as the sort of person who would jump at the chance to sail, Diana, and I’m sure you’d love it. 🙂

      In the background is our hosts’ house and her business in front: an art studio. All beautifully restored.
      You have a good eye!

      Jennifer xo


  6. Those photos are beautiful and makes me want to be there. The small islands reminds me of a place I visited in the Great Lakes region in the US. Oh how I miss it there. Thank you for taking us on this trip with you.

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