Saturday, February 27, 2010

What's in a Name?

Exploits is quite a jump from our windsurfers and sailing dingies. To say we are excited would be a huge understatement.

Our first task was to name our boat. We understand that officially renaming the boat will involve several bottles of champagne: the first to honour the former name; a second to christen the new name; and finally, a third bottle to celebrate! Given that there currently isn't nay name on the boat, the ceremony will be respected purely to ensure good luck (and of course who would pass up an excuse to drink champagne).

A review the boat's records indicated that it used to sail under the name "The Ghost of Mr. Chicken". I'm not quite sure of the origin of the name, although a Google search suggested that it might be named after a 1966 Don Knotts movie, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken. More recently it went by the name, "Karma". Neither name really appealed to us, so we had a "name that boat" contest.

We settled on Exploits which has special meaning for our family. My father-in-law was born on Exploits Island a small outport in Notre Dame Bay in Newfoundland. A couple of years ago we had the pleasure of making a 6 day sea kayak trip into Notre Dame Bay during ice berg season. We spent a few days on Exploits (the island) and had the opportunity to explore the old homestead site and family grave sites.

Naming our boat Exploits seemed to be a fitting honour.