In 1999 Mariëtte and I cycled through Nova Scotia. Mariëtte had been there before, for me it was the first time and it was love at first sight. It is vast, has a very large and varied coast line.
There are wonderful beaches, magnificent bays and an Atlantic "feel". The
connection to the other side of the Atlantic Ocean is very present. Cycling
around you can be reminded to Scotland (indeed), but also to the Swedish west
coast, there is some Danish Jutland and Fyn "going on" as well and Kingsburg,
where we live has something of the Frisian Islands to it. Following the coast
line on our bikes I also could imagine myself sailing here. These waters looked
as if especially created for a Folkboat!
Back home in Holland, this strong feeling for Nova Scotia did not fade away
as is mostly the case once the holiday is over, it actually kept on growing
on us. Turning another dream into reality was our next step in life. We moved
to Nova Scotia in January 2003. We bought land in Kingsburg, near Lunenburg
and our house is currently under construction.
Before we moved, I visited Erik
Andreasen in Kerteminde once more. There is quite a fleet of Folkboats in
the San Francisco area, but only a few at the east coast of North America.
We agreed that it would be well worth a try and Folkboat Atlantic was born.
I've become a member of Lunenburg Yacht Club and "Skierkert" is moored there in summer, ready to sail Mahone Bay anytime.
The waters of Nova Scotia's South Shore are a sailor's
paradise. Wonderful bays, many islands and seals, dolphins and whales that