This is all new to me. I have no idea what comes next, except it involves moving very slowly across bodies of water.
Sailors, I have realized in my research over the past couple years, have all sorts of traditions. From boat naming procedures which I’m sure include spitting and spinning in cardinal directions while donning fish heads and seaweed to appease Poseidon, to strict superstitions about whistling, women, and bananas. (Seriously, the superstitions are vast and more than a bit ludicrous in today’s day and age.). But sailors tend to cling to these yarns, possibly as way of entertainment, but also as way of ritual, heritage, and feeling as if they have some control over Mother Nature and the sea.
There are some customs though that are appreciated and create a notion of ceremony. One of these, is a formal send-off where another boat accompanies you as you leave harbour for a long journey.
Shortly after exiting Harbour West Marina, we were joined by Robert Spiering and his sailboat, Bread And Roses, who very graciously accompanied us across Hamilton Harbour, through the Burlington Lift Bridge, and out onto Lake Ontario. Thank you so much Rob for both the friendly send-off and the delicious Portuguese Tarts. Both were incredibly thoughtful.
(Apologies for the non-fading out music at the end of the videos, I haven’t figured out how to fix this abruptness in the you tube editor yet. If anyone knows, please let me in on the secret!)