Learning about Everything

Dive into the unknown!
Follow in the footsteps of an explorer of the St. Lawrence.
“The wind, the breeze…
The rain, the fog…
Bursts of laughters and a few clashes.
The jib, the mainsail…
Sheets and backstays.
The open sea, the mountains, salt water, freshwater. Showers in marinas, walks of an hour and a half to go to the dep. Learn about everything.
Speaking the truth.
Naps on the bridge, sleeping in berths. Breakfast, lunch and dinner around the big table. The Perseids, bioluminescent phytoplankton… Stars surrounding our boat. Swimming in (too) cold water. Climbing natural waterfalls. Collecting sand dollars. Playing Loups-Garous at night. Docking in Rimouski.
Realizing you’re patient and caring.
Tying capstan knots. Falling asleep with the waves. Going to sleep too late, waking up too early. Being amazed by whales. Taking 50 thousand pictures. Missing your girlfriend and your dog. Cooking for 16 people. Failing at cooking. Putting too many spices. Fishing – and remembering why you’re a vegetarian. Sharing your spiritual side. Cleaning. Singing and dancing. Playing the ukulele.
Making friends.
Being cold, being hot. Contemplating beluga whales. Finding them so beautiful.
Feeling accepted.
Putting on warm socks. Waving at other boats.
Listening to the sound of a violin.
Listening to the sound of a flute.
Reflecting on the future.
Respecting your limits.
That’s what Capstan is for me.”
Capstan Participant, August 2018

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