Well, it seems I came to sailing in an altogether different way than the rest of you!
I'm definitely young compared to the rest of you, at 27. I've always had a love for the water
, being in it, near it, on it, but I came from a family
that didn't have the money
for boats or nice lake houses, so it was never something I did a lot. I'm also very much a techie and simulator buff, built my own gaming pc, and have been keeping it updated for years. At around 21 or so, I stumbled on the virtual world of "Second Life." At the time, it was the only real game
you could hop in vehicles as an avatar, control them, and hop out to explore your destination
. This is where I fell in love with sailing.
See, in SL, there is a vibrant and active sailing community. At first I thought it would be tedious and hard, compared to one of the many motor
boats out there. Then I actually tried it and instantly fell in love. The simulations of winds, adjusting sails
, the sights and sounds of it all are very realistic. That got me hooked, but I never thought I could take that love and relaxing hobby outside of the virtual world....
Wrong! I just purchased my first boat, a gorgeous 1974 Catalina
27, and I am having a blast with it. I managed to snag her for a song since the PO is leaving the country for a job in a couple months. I guess you could say I found a needle in a haystack. So, yeah, I guess I came to sailing in a roundabout way, but what matters is we're all still out there on the water
, living our dreams!