‘Sea Fever’ print available for sale

 

Victoria, B.C. Canada – 2018

A number of years ago, MaryLou created this beautiful piece of artwork, a hand lettered piece featuring the poem Sea Fever by John Masefield.

Through her communications work, she’d met the accomplished Canadian marine artist Harry Heine (father to Victoria artist Mark Heine), who saw the work in progress and graciously agreed to add a watercolour illustration. The figure in the piece is a loose representation of Glenn looking out to sea.

Marylou and Harry went back and forth several times about who was going to work on the blank sheet and who was going to add their work over it.

“I was terrified to mess up Harry’s painting,” says MaryLou so she wanted to go first.  Harry, it seemed, didn’t want to mess up her calligraphy and in the end, Harry painted the watercolour illustration first and MaryLou did her calligraphy afterwards … with much trepidation. The name Heine appears at the bottom left above the words Sea Fever and just below the rocks and grass.

The original has hung in our home since 1992. On this occasion, we are for the first time, offering signed prints for sale. Prints are 18″ x 24″ and are reproduced on archival watercolour paper.

If you’re interested in purchasing one, please email MaryLou directly at mlwakefield@shaw.ca.

Thank you.

Latest Swiftsure Update

May 28, 2017  Royal Victoria Yacht Club

At 15:00 I called our second crew meeting and asked our navigators Paul and Nicola to evaluate the wind and current situation based on the models on hand.

We had the tide against us at 3 – 6 knots for the next 5 hours and no wind in the forecast. This would have effectively carried us back to the start line. We were in 350 feet of water, with 300 ft of chain, left us 50′ short of anchoring.

That, with the prospects of rounding the mark and finishing the race within the time limit was slim to none. So, we decided unanimously as a crew to withdraw from the race and head back to yacht club and to the bar. We consoled ourselves heartily with MaryLou’s homemade chili; drowned our sorrows in Spinnakers Pale Ale and arrived at the wharf with stories of another adventure.

 

May 27 @0:11:07

West Wind II had a brilliant start of Swiftsure this morning at around 0:9:30. It’s still early in the game, but at the moment, she’s looking very good amongst the competition in her Division 3 (the ones with track lines marked).

Stay tuned for updates here or go to the Swiftsure tracker website.

 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Here’s my able crew for the 2017 Swiftsure Lightship Classic. Left to right: Paul Roberts, Brendan McShane, Skipper Glenn, Nicola Wakefield, Dorian Halliday, and Stephen Shepherd. Photo credit: MaryLou Wakefield

We sailed the boat around to the Inner Harbour last evening and we’re now tied up at Dock #2 at Ship Point (not on the causeway in front of the Empress Hotel).

If you’re in the area, please drop by to say hello.

 

 

Swiftsure Lightship Classic

May 18,2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out this article and short interview with Oak Bay News about how sweet it is to sail back down the Straits of Juan de Fuca after so many years.

No rest for the wicked. Now that I’m back, I’ve registered West Wind II in the 47th Swiftsure Lightship Classic race that takes place May 27 – 28. This is the largest international yacht race on the west coast and for me, a fantastic opportunity to teach others to sail. This is my 10th Swiftsure and the 3rd boat I’ve entered in the race.

This year, my crew is our daughter Nicola, (participating in her 3rd Swiftsure), and first time participants  Stephen Shepherd, Dorian Halliday and Brendan McShane.

We’ve been working hard to get the crew and West Wind II ready for her Swiftsure debut and the excitement is building.

You can watch and follow all the action of the 2-day race by going to the Swiftsure website. For friends in other parts of the world, you can watch the pre-race excitement in Victoria’s Inner Harbour via webcam and … you can track our race progress via the Swiftsure Race Tracker once we’re underway.

And …if you’re in the neighbourhood (Inner Harbour of Victoria) at the end of next week (Thurs/Fri) drop by and see us!

 

Arrived in Victoria

May 7, 2017 @03:30

Glenn arrived safe and sound at 3:30 this morning. He had an epic transit of the Straits of Juan de Fuca in about 12 hours and at times sailing over 9 knots.

He’s glad to be home with loved ones in this beautiful place.

 

The Home Stretch

May 6 @ 20:45

I’m having an amazing run down the Straits. Visibility is great and not too much traffic. An incredible sail to finish off a great passage. The sun is low in the sky and the moon is up. Both shores are extremely beautiful in this early evening light. I’m very tired but having the sail of my life.

I feel sooooo lucky. I’ll be phoning you as soon as I get coverage which should be in a few hours. Can’t wait to see you.