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The Story of Selling Sage

September 7, 2019

Every thing must come to an end. So, as with everything, our sailing onboard Sage has come to an end.

For most of the past summer, as mentioned in the last posting, Sage has been advertised for sale. We made the best of the summer by not thinking of a sale and thinking we would store the boat in Nova Scotia for the winter and who knows return in the spring and sail once again north and into Newfoundland.

The east coast of Canada, despite the short season, offers an unbelievable coast to explore. There are so many anchorages and such beautiful scenery that it would take many lifetimes to get to know.

But another sail was not to be. Remy continued to show interest in purchasing Sage and by August 20th an offer was in place and accepted. However, the logistics of making the transfer was not confirmed and the summer season was ending. We decided to get the boat south; closer to Halifax.

By the time we got to Halifax the deal was sealed and Remy became the new owner of Sage. Remy took us for a lovely sail on his new boat through Halifax Harbour with me showing Remy the various systems onboard Sage. Remy revealed his plans to take Sage up to Quebec City for a winter refit and then next season starting some more adventures for Sage. We are happy for Sage and for Remy.

Tony, Remy, Connie

Our loss is bittersweet. They say there are two good times for boat owners – the day you buy a boat and the day you sell the boat. I know we are going to have a hard time adjusting to our revamped life but we have plenty of ideas and we are fortunate enough to have choices.

For the moment though we have something to keep our minds occupied – a hurricane. Hurricane Dorian is about to hit. We assisted Remy with some advise on how to prepare Sage for the hurricane. Sage is still in Halifax and in a well built marina. Remy has done what he can in terms of preparing himself, Sage and boats around him for the hurricane.

We on the other hand got out of town! However, that hasn’t spared us the wrath of Dorian. We are in PEI and in a location where the eye of Dorian will be upon us in about 1 hour.

The eye of Dorian is at the north-eastern shore of PEI and we are in a motel just south of the ’24’ figure
16 Comments leave one →
  1. jalnagibb permalink
    September 7, 2019 21:20

    I just read your email to Ian and RickGlad that Sage has a good and I gather experienced sailor/owner.
    We are watching CTV news re the power outage in Nova Scotia So many trees down and flooding.
    We are concerned about your safety. Stay safe and keep in touch – especially after the storm moves on.
    Hugs Rick and Jalna

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. September 7, 2019 21:45

    Welcome to the Bittersweet Club. Hang on to your hat.

  3. Darrel and Loretta Smith permalink
    September 7, 2019 21:49

    Congratulations! Stay safe!!! Looking forward to more news.

    Good luck with everything. L&D xoxo

  4. john middleton permalink
    September 7, 2019 22:24

    It has been a real pleasure following your global travels on board Sage. I will miss my vicarious sailing trip around the world. Here’s hoping that you are about to embark on new adventures and stay safe! See you on the West Coast sometime!

  5. k Rimer permalink
    September 7, 2019 22:53

    Stay safe, hope all goes well ! We were wondering wear you were, All the best to you and Remy !

  6. Dale Chandler permalink
    September 8, 2019 00:51

    Bittersweet indeed. Big change. You have had a great run on Sage and tons of fabulous memories. I thank you for including me on one leg of your voyage, something I’ll never forget. Remy has a solid boat for his future plans. Look forward to hearing about your new plans and adventures when you have time to turn your mind to that.

  7. Paul permalink
    September 8, 2019 02:12

    Good to hear you closed the deal. Its been a good, hard run over what, close to 10 years? In a few more years you can start telling everyone that the trades were always smooth sailing and every anchorage greeted you with boat drinks with little umbrellas.

    Paul and Chris on SV Georgia

  8. September 8, 2019 06:01

    Sad news. I have enjoyed your travels, but I am sure you have lots of plans to get started on a new adventure. We just escaped Dorian here in Jacksonville, hope it passes without too much damage, as it did here. Pauline Wilkinson Ex Shadow of Lorelei, now Wasatch

  9. Bill McDowell permalink
    September 8, 2019 09:46

    Hi Tony and Connie ,well may I say many sincere thanks for your blogs from your travels sailing around the world , experiencing different cultures, foods , languages and above all the humanity of others .
    I wish you all the best in your next endeavor stage of life with sage advice to pass on .Hope to see you too on the shores of Vancouver Island..
    Be safe during these days out there
    All the best to you both
    Saludos y Esta logo mi amigo a
    Bill McDowell

  10. Julie permalink
    September 8, 2019 10:09

    Wow, you’re sure ending things with a bang! Thanks for including me on your journey through your posts. I’ll be interested to know what’s in store on your next leg of your adventures. In the meantime, stay safe in PEI – we were just there visiting relatives!

  11. Tom Morkin and Liz Tosoni permalink
    September 8, 2019 11:15

    Congratulations Tony and Connie! Bittersweet news for sure, and hope all is okay post hurricane! Best wishes with your next chapter and looking forward to seeing you both in November- maybe with Dave and Marcia…………………….
    Tom and Liz

  12. September 8, 2019 16:56

    OMG what does it feel like ?Sad I bet but on to anew life. Now what happened last night -a little windy ?What’s the future .When are you coming back to the west? it will be awesome to see you again Love you guys


  13. Tod Christensen permalink
    September 9, 2019 00:42

    Congratulations I think – I met Connie at Dave and Marcia Reck’s place and have been following your blog for quite a few years. I’ve become accustomed to it providing excitement to my life. So what are you going to do for me now! Seriously, change is inevitable so I hope the next phase of your life is exciting. Maybe we’ll see you in Washington or BC some time.

  14. September 9, 2019 01:13

    Hope Sage Remy and you are all whole and safe after the storm!

    Sent from my iPad


  15. Rémy Boucher permalink
    October 7, 2019 12:57

    The only damage from Dorian was a halyard that got loose and chafed against the spreaders. Not too bad.

    Sage has now arrived safely in Québec city for the winter. Around 850nm of cold weather sailing. We even had the “chance” to sail under a snowy sky.

    I have a list of little projects for the winter. Then next summer sailing on the Saint-Laurence river – heading south to spend the next winter in a warmer climate. That’s the plan anyways, we’ll see how it goes.

    — Rémy

  16. November 18, 2022 23:43

    Appreciate you bloggiing this

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