by Damian Lord, The Final Beat
Why are we sailing? I sometimes wonder about this.
Every once in a while, meeting someone new, or maybe chatting with someone I don’t know very well, the subject of sailing comes up. And when I mention that I am browsing I often get a comment like:
“Oh, the sail. I would like to try this someday. It looks so relaxing.
And I try (I really, really try) not to say anything. Just agree and move on.
But I can not. I always have to try to explain that my type of boating doesn’t involve sitting casually on a yacht with a gin and tonic, wearing beige chinos and a white shirt with the first three buttons undone, and maybe a pair. deck shoes (but certainly no socks), making a charming conversation with other beautiful people.
(Although, now that I think about it, I should really give this kind of navigation a try.)
Instead, I feel compelled to explain that my type of boating is getting wet, hiking, and racing with other dinghies, mostly in the freezing cold.
And when I think about it afterwards, I wonder why I prefer to portray an image of myself as a strange man struggling in a small canoe, racing against other strange men and women, often in the rain. beating, rather than a successful guy. live the high life on a yacht.
It is really confusing.
Do you like the great outdoors?
Of course, after briefly describing the type of boating I do, sometimes I’m asked why I would.
I mean, what possible appeal could my type of boating have?
Often times I will say something about spending time outdoors in the elements and enjoying using them to navigate a boat. This is something we often hear from sailors. And that is true, to some extent. There is something extremely satisfying about being in nature – we are fortunate that our race tracks are frequently found in some of the most beautiful places in the world.
But, if I’m being honest with myself, that’s not why I’m sailing. It’s a huge bonus, but it’s definitely not the main reason I sail. – Full report