There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday, and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do, and mostly, live.” – Dalai Lama XIV

Today is the right day at Call of the Sea to be passionate about our mission:

To empower people of all ages and backgrounds to gain a better understanding of the oceans by sailing on our traditional vessels and participating in our educational programs, thus building individual self confidence, teamwork and community, and inspiring people to become better stewards of the environment.

It is the right day to believe we can flourish. Based on the success of our limited operations in 2020, the support you have provided, and by conserving our limited resources, we know that we are in a good position to thrive in 2021 and be sustainable for years to come.

It is the right day to do, to take action.  Every day our furloughed staff continues to prepare to make us ready to sail in Spring 2021: keeping the vessels ship-shape, expanding our educational programs, nurturing partnerships and developing a realistic calendar for community sails, summer camps, and coastal voyaging. Our actions today allow us, with your support, to chart a course toward a brighter future.

And mostly, it is the right day to live. Stay in the moment. Reach out to friends, colleagues, and even perfect strangers who may be lonely or need a helping hand. Sense what can be appreciated today. Breathe the fresh air. Touch the cold water lapping on our shore. Watch a wreck of seabirds. Listen to a bob of seals. All seeking to taste the herring that have made their annual migration back to Richardson Bay.

Do not be swept away by the tides of the pandemic or the storms of social upheaval–for as an unknown author once wrote,“Sometimes in the waves of change, we find our true direction.”

Be safe,
Steven Woodside

Fun Fact: Pacific herring spend most of their eight-year lifespan at sea, but come into the San Francisco Bay to spawn. It has been the most important herring spawning area south of British Columbia.

Richardson Bay in Sausalito is a great place to watch the bird and seal populations feasting on herring during the winter months!

Photo by Roy W. Lowe