A Vancouver Island man departs today for a solo sailing trip around the world, after his first attempt was cut short by crippling storms.

Lifelong sailor Glenn Wakefield, 63, is setting sail from Cadboro Bay in Victoria at 1 p.m. PT in an attempt to circumnavigate the globe.

He told CBC News on Sunday that he's leaving with mixed emotions.

"The raw excitement of being back on the ocean alone, that's fantastic for me ... I love being out on the ocean," he said. "And then there's the absolute, you know, there's lots of anxiety and fear that my family is going to be okay and I've left things in order."

Five years ago, his boat was rocked by storms while he passed Cape Horn in southern Chile, forcing him to end his trip early.

Wakefield was trying to make his way to the Falkland Islands to restock heart medication he accidentally lost earlier in the trip when he dropped many of his pills down the sink.

He’s determined to make the journey a success this time, he says.

“There's something about leaving without finishing and it was an unfortunate circumstances that brought that voyage to an end but I'm here now and there's just an overwhelming feeling that I wanted to finish,” says Wakefield.

His 50,000-kilometre trip will take an estimated 10 months to complete. During that time, he says he will blog about the experience and communicate with amateur radio enthusiasts around the world.

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  • Know The Rules

    Transport Canada has a different set of rules for pleasure crafts and non-pleasure crafts. You're likely to be on a pleasure craft. The rule that you will likely be most concerned about is the one that governs alcohol use on board. Like driving a car, the operator of a boat (not likely to be you) will face fines and possible imprisonment if driving while intoxicated. Also, in most provinces, alcohol may be legally consumed on board a pleasure craft only if: The vessel has permanent sleeping and cooking facilities; a permanent toilet; and is anchored or secured alongside a dock.

  • Know Your Limit

    If you do drink while on the water, be sure to keep it in check. Stumbling around on dry land may land you face first on the pavement. Doing so on a boat will get you into a whole lot more trouble and danger. If you've never been on a boat, your sense of balance is likely to be wonky, even before you sip a beer. It's best to wait until you get your sea legs before you indulge, and if you find you have motion sickness, best not to drink or eat until your stomach settles.

  • Bring Medicine

    You may not know how your body will react to the water until your captain raises anchor and drives off from the surety of the dock. If your stomach can't take the water, it's going to be one long cruise. Motion sickness is an awful thing to deal with. Bring Dramamine, or another motion sickness relief tablet, or see if your friends who are inviting you along carry some with them. Once motion sickness hits, it's not likely to go away fast.

  • Carry Sunscreen

    You're not going to find shade once you drift away from the skyscrapers and the cool provided by branches of trees. The sun will beat down on you in the open water. It can be harsh and if you're not prepared you can burn or even suffer heat stroke. Bring the proper sunscreen lotion for your skin, along with enough towels and water to ensure you stay hydrated. If you think you might be on a long boat trip, it's also a good idea to bring along a bag with long-sleeved shirts and jeans, in case the weather shifts later in the day and becomes chilly.

  • Enjoy

    A pleasure cruise in the harbour of your city or on a lake in cottage country is a hugely enjoyable activity, especially if you are in the company of friends. Relax, and remember that thousands and thousands of people partake in boating activities every summer in Canada with only very few accidents occurring. Your knees will feel wobbly, your head might swoon, your friends may laugh at your newbie missteps, but it's all part of the fun. And, like many new experiences, you are likely to discover something about life you didn't know before, and perhaps feel less like a fish out of water next time you're out at sea.

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