This documentary gives a glimpse into the lives of a diverse group of sailors and sailing couples who spent the winter aboard their sailboats in the Inner Harbour of Victoria, the beautiful capital city of British Columbia. These sailing gypsies hale from all over the globe – Canada, France, New Zealand and the United States. Some have lived aboard their boats for a number of years while for some others this is a new adventure.
Each tell their story about why they are spending the winter in Victoria and of various waypoints set for future voyages. They tell how they have adopted this maritime lifestyle, other ports they have visited and where they plan to end their sailing journeys. Here is a reflection of the rich variety of personalities found among those who go down to the sea in ships and set out on exotic maritime adventures.
I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by, And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking, And a grey mist on the sea’s face and a grey dawn breaking.
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied; And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying, And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life, To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife; And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover, And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.
by: John Masefield
Sailing vessel Gerry, Victoria Harbour, British Columbia Canada
Sailing vessel Samarkand, Victoria Harbour, British Columbia Canada