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while Dwayne manned the helm. I knew roughly where the rock should be, but couldn’t see any sign of it. As a sailor, you don’t worry as much about the dangers you can see as the ones you can’t — the ones that are lurking somewhere below the surface, sometimes unknown and unsuspected. As we neared the mouth of the small bay, I finally saw it — much farther out than I expected and well clear of our path. I looked behind at our fellow sailors and saw that the smallest of our fleet, The Grail, was on a line that could put her in danger. We radioed her captain, who scanned the horizon until he confirmed the rock’s location, and the rest of the trip was without incident. This type of teamwork between boats — even those not travelling together — has helped avoid many issues, but most frequent sailors on the lake have had at least one unwelcome encounter with a hidden rock or reef. Most of my sailing experiences have been in the North. I enjoy sailing elsewhere too, but I love the feel of adventure here. I love the rocky shores. I love watching for — and seeing — moose and bears as we cruise along and I love the small, wild orchids that surprise me with their beauty and delicacy in this rugged land. I love being miles and miles from civilization and going days without seeing anyone but my travel companions. I love feeling like I’m at the end of the earth. I love slowing down. How lucky we are here on Great Slave


Lake! J.S. Fullerton


July/August 2011 above & beyond 51


© JAN FULLERTON (2)


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