Originally Posted by micah719
.......but it puzzles me that sailors these days seem so different than the old one....saying they love the sea, but do their best to get across it as fast as possible like a man scuttling from his house to his car with a newspaper held over his head
Indeed. Beautiful comparison.
I've even noticed that individuals whom I've sailed with over many decades, who were once happy to be at sea, have developed this strange tendency to spend as little time as possible actually doing it.
I don't have any aversion to sailing fast, but the thing which spoils an ocean passage
for me is motoring whenever the going gets slow.
To me, it feels like 'watching' a movie
by perpetually fast-forwarding to the next "action" sequence.
I guess not everyone shares my sense of an ocean passage
as having a sort of 'narrative arc', and their satisfaction is almost entirely to do with arriving, rather than immersing themselves in the minutiae of the passage.
If I'm brutally honest, I'd have to say that most people I've come across who are out there "actually doing it" in the parts
of the world I've sailed, have been quite up-front (at least, in the last couple of decades) about actively disliking being on passage, or at least, finding that "a little bit goes a long way"- and for them, sailing is clearly a means to an end.
Namely: being attached to a new piece of land.
Now I'm not saying that's right, or wrong. But I know it's not me.