Saturday, June 8, 2013

Sailing off

Ben, my stepson, has just sailed off on a sketching and painting trip up the coast of British Columbia.  He is a visual artist and for the past year has been creating large landscape paintings.  Last year he went with a group of artists up the coast and came back with many sketches.  This year he is heading north again, this time with a friend who has a sailboat.

They left the other day for a six-week trip up the Inside Passage.  We went down to see them off on their adventure.

True to sailing form there were a few technical difficulties that kept them from departing when they first planned. But now they're well on their way.  Here's Ilya and Ben ready to go. Ilya's holding bottle of sailors' rum that we gave them for the trip.

I can't wait to see what new material Ben will come back with.  You can see some his earlier paintings here and at his website

This Canada goose was also there to see them off. He's very tame as he gets fed by some of the people who live on boats there at the dock.

Bon Voyage Ben and Ilya and Foxy, the boat!


  1. Sounds like a wonderful trip, six weeks of sailing and sketching and painting sounds like heaven.

    cheers, parsnip


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