As a youngster, I spent a great deal of time in the seaside town of Knysna on the south coast of South Africa. The town is idyllically situated around a large magnificent lagoon. We did not have many rules when out boating on the lagoon, but one was absolutely set in concrete – we were never, ever allowed near the Heads.
These Heads are two headlands which flank the channel where the lagoon meets the sea. On change of tide, the water here is often quiet, but when the tides are ebbing or flowing, this channel can be a dangerous place. Only larger boats and big yachts ever attempted to go through, and we were in awe of the skill that was surely needed to manage such dangerous waters!
However, I vowed that one day, I was going to take on that channel and somehow go out through those Heads. I wanted to see what these hitherto ‘unexplored’ (very dangerous) waters were like and also to see what the Heads looked like from the ocean side!
A few years ago, I had the chance to do just that – to not only go near this area, but to actually go out to sea through these Heads and finally break that childhood golden rule!
We were again holidaying in Knysna and were fortunate to come across a company who ran sailing trips out the Heads! Our yacht was a large catamaran, and anyone who felt inclined could ride up on the front of the yacht, out over the water. It was just superb!
The evening was ideal, enough breeze to enable the yacht to sail without needing additional power from the engines. It was quiet and the steady lapping of the water was soothing as the vessel rode the slight swell. Our skipper and co-skipper were lovely ladies who knew their boat and the business of sailing very well. They were fun and responsible at the same time, a good combination.
As I went out through the Heads for the first time in my life, the sun was setting against the eastern head and the colours of the rocks was magical.
I did not know where to look to try to soak up every second of the experience, and ended up doing a few circuits of the boat in my enthusiasm! Because the water was calm, we were able to go quite a long way out to sea, and I finally got to see what the Heads looked like from the ocean side 🙂
We enjoyed champagne as we nibbled on snacks and watched the sun set. The swell was lovely (a gentle reminder not to be too complacent!) and was complemented by the sounds of the yacht as her sails moved in the breeze. A perfect evening on the water.
By the time we had returned and re-entered the lagoon, the dusk had set in. Another yacht cruised quietly past, creating a photo opportunity to capture its outline against the setting sun.
What a delightful evening and now my dream has finally come true.
This post is one I have been thinking about for some time. Elisa must have known this, because her Music in Pictures challenge this week is A whole new world. Now that I know what the Heads are like from the ocean side, this has opened a whole new dimension on this lagoon that I know so well.