WATCH: They left Vancouver Island five years ago and Saturday evening Cathy and Bill Norrie returned home from a sailing trip to a warm and rainy West Coast welcome. April Lawrence reports.
Braving the rain, a large group gathered at Van Isle Marina in Sidney for a long-awaited homecoming Saturday evening.
Cathy and Bill Norrie were returning from a five-year trip sailing around the world.
The married couple left Vancouver Island in 2011 on the adventure of a life time.
While Bill is an experienced sailor, it was Cathy’s first time sailing off shore.
“I have to admit for the first ten days I thought what am I doing out here? It’s crazy, the big waves, everything was big and loud,” said Cathy.
But they settled in and grew to love their life on board the SV Terrwyn.
“It’s an entirely different world out there it’s all about motion and the boat she just charges, she goes on the rail, she dances like a telemark skier, she flies down the waves and it’s really exhilarating,” said Bill.
While it’s difficult for anyone to recall five years of international adventure, there are definitely a few memories that stand out for the couple.
“Going to this little atoll in the middle of the Indian ocean called Cocos Keeling and it was filled with sailors that were sailing around the world,” said Cathy.
Of course there were also many challenges, including a major storm off the coast of Africa.
“So for 18 hours, we were on the edge captain, just charging through the dark and 50 knots of breeze, and vertical water,” described Bill.
Friends and family were grateful to have the couple back on land.
And while the Norrie’s are happy to home, they’re already planning their next adventure.
“We’re not going to swallow the anchor, when you stop sailing you swallow the anchor, we’re not going to swallow the anchor,” said Bill.
The couple blogged their entire five year adventure. You can find it here.