Alphabet Photography Project Inside Passage

Alphabet Photography Project | J is for Jib

Wednesday, November 25, 2015S.V. CAMBRIA

Welcome to another installment of the ‘Alphabet Photography Project’ a blog-hop sponsored by PODcast where each week I’ll post a picture that represents a letter of the alphabet and write a short blog about it. This week’s letter is ‘j’ and there were a lot nautical words to choose from.


Coming in at the top of my list was “jetsam” because I have a great picture of David fully clothed and dripping wet right after I helped pull him out of the water. While it’s true I didn’t toss him overboard myself, therefore disqualifying him from officially being jetsam, it’s a fond memory and one I’m happy to share (at his expense).


The story’s actually pretty sweet. We were anchored in Roscoe Bay four years ago (honestly, where does the time go?) and were going to paddle around in our kayaks. David was already in his when he leaned over to help keep mine clear of the dinghy and ended up falling into the water (at a stretch, it could work – he was “thrown” in because of me, but the truth is he’s just a klutz). While it was no Sir Galahad moment, I thought it was pretty nice of him. And then, of course, I made him stand there cold and wet while I laughed and took his picture . . . at least I waited until I pulled him out.


Jessie from The Red Thread (a great blog about a young Seattle couple sailing down to Australia) came up with a few good suggestions (juggle, jagged, Jervis Inlet, jacklines, jam, jib, jut, jetty). In the end, I chose “jib”.

From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: (in sailing):  
a triangular sail set on a stay extending usually from the head of the foremast to the bowsprit or the jibboom; also :  the small triangular headsail on a sloop.

I don’t really have a story to go along with this picture other than to say it was one of those rare summer days when there was enough wind to take us up Pryce Channel on our way to Walsh Cove Marine Park. It wasn’t a fast ride but, as anyone who sails the Inside Passage will tell you, any day you can fly your jib is a good one. 

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