My name is Wayne Young and I grew up in Stephenville Crossing on the west coast of Newfoundland. My father also grew up in Stephenville Crossing. My ancestors on my father’s side were Acadian French, while my mother’s ancestry was English. My mother grew up on Random Island in Trinity Bay on the east coast of Newfoundland.
I have researched my paternal ancestry back to Pierre Lejeune dit Briard who came to Canada from France around 1650. My maternal ancestry is with the Stone family of Trinity Bay and has been traced back to Thomas Stone who came to Newfoundland in the late 1600s.
As I grew older, I became more and more interested in my family history. As I neared retirement, I often suggested that when I retired, I would not only research my family history, but build a website to share my family history. When I retired in 2002, my partner in life presented me with a copy of FrontPage 2002, a sort of web building software for the technically challenged.
After getting a service provider and securing a domain, I starting building a website using the domain name deja-vu.ca. After many, many hours logged on the computer, I somehow managed to deliver on deja-vu.ca. Over the years the site grew and expanded to include our sailing activities and our travels.
In 2017, I decided to give my website a facelift. Frontpage 2002 was no longer supported and my boat's name was no longer Deja Vu. I secured the domain for gallivanting.ca and started the migration from deja-vu.ca.
Growing up in Newfoundland meant that you spent a good portion of your childhood in a boat. A career with the Water Survey of Canada meant that you also spent a significant amount of time in a boat. In the 1990s, we sometimes sailed with friends who had sailboats. In those days we were busy with jobs and playing golf, but by the mid-1990s our interest in sailing and sailboats reached a new high. We started taking boating courses and looking at the listings of “boats for sale”.
In the fall of 1998, we became the proud owners of a C&C 27, a 27 foot sloop named Déjà vu. For the next few years we sailed Déjà vu on Lake Ontario and thoroughly enjoyed it.
In 2002, I retired from the Water Survey of Canada and to mark the milestone, decided to sail Déjà vu to Newfoundland. We departed Toronto in June and returned in September. It was wonderful and in hindsight, a great way to adjust to retirement.
In 2003, we traded up to a Niagara 35, a 35 foot sailboat that we had a strong attraction to. We continued to sail Lake Ontario, until the winter of 2008, when we again decided to set sail for the Canadian Maritimes.
After a most enjoyable summer, we hauled out in Halifax, Nova Scotia and returned home for the winter. In the spring of 2009, we launched and headed down the southern shore of Nova Scotia. We then crossed the Gulf of Maine, sailed down the New England coast to New York City and up the Hudson River and back to Lake Ontario.
In the spring of 2011, we took Gallivanting up through Lake Erie and into Lake Huron. For the next 5 summers, we sailed Georgian Bay and the North Channel.
Plans are well underway for another passage to the East coast in the spring of 2017. Yes, we are going again.