Posted by: Dawna Bate | July 6, 2017

Launching and Relaunching

IMG_3200I’ve been away from this blog for a while. A lot longer than I realized. A combination of craziness at work, health problem overload and winter doldrums made me feel disinterested and down. I realize now that those moments are the times I need to immerse myself in what I like to do the most. When I can’t sail, I need to be writing.

Our season this year got off to a slow start. The miserable spring(?) weather delayed launching. The additional work that we had to do in order to prepare for our planned trip to the Bahamas also delayed launching. You can’t strip old anti-fouling paint and apply new stuff when it is raining. And boy – did it rain this spring. Record high water levels on the Great Lakes. Many marinas unable to launch boats and lots without electricity. Toronto Island closed because of the high waters.

We finally launched a month ago – June 6. And with that launch, I’ve decided I need to relaunch this blog. I’ve missed it. The last several years have been filled with busyness – and not the good kind. Working too much. Being in jobs that didn’t light our fires. Being tired and unmotivated. We did manage to get in some good sailing on some of those years. I’ll bring people up to date on some of the things we did and go back to post historical stories. I’ll be better at being consistent. I promise.

We decided to retire last year. June 30, 2016. Just over a year ago. More about that later. Our plans. Our revised plans. Our newer plans. Those stories will come as well.

But for now, I’ll say – we’re back in the water and I’m back here. I always hold my breath on launch day. So much stress as our 14,000 pound (empty) boat gets hoisted into the travel lift and wheeled over to the launch dock. More holding of breath as it is lowered and we check for leaks. Then that final exhale as we determine that everything is fine and we can take Second Wind over to her home slip.

I’ve been holding my breath as I’ve been trying to find energy for relaunching this blog, too. So much stress dealing with other things. More holding of breath as I find the time and sit at the keyboard to get things going again. Today, I can exhale.




  1. Wonderful. Glad to see you back in action!

    Arlene ☺

    • Thanks, Arlene. It’s good to be back.

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