Two years ago this summer the
Jericho Sailing Centre was the site of a chance meeting that changed my life.
While rigging my Nacra 20 for yet
another perfect summer day of sailing, I met Lori who had just finished her Locarno sailing course and
was rigging a club Vanguard for an afternoon sail with a friend.
After the attempts on my part to
strike up a conversation with this beautiful woman were seemingly ignored, my buddy and I launched and
headed upwind towards Lighthouse Park.
In Lori's version, she was
concentrating on all that she had recently learned in her classes to prepare for a successful launch
and was not aware of my greetings.
Regardless, Lori managed a
successful first sail, while my buddy and I, after a great spinnaker run home, and with unplanned, but
wonderful timing, happened to be returning to the beach at just the same moment that Lori and her
friend were doing the same.
With pre-sail stress now gone,
introductions were made in waist deep water as we derigged the boats. After the boats and gear were
stowed, the deck of the club house with the spectacular view of the city became the site of our first
date, and the rest, as they say, is history.
week, Lori and I were married on Vancouver island and the tale of how we met and the role that
the Jericho Sailing Centre played in our chance meeting was told during the wedding
We now sail and paddle together
and look forward to many years of active involvement at Jericho.
So thanks to Jericho and to all
the people that make it the fantastic, social, sailing centre it has become!