Regarding "turning to sailing"
More than 30 years ago I was with some friends diving off San Diego
like we did 7 days a week for the 7 years I was there. We all owned power boats set up for diving and fishing
. Many times while sitting there off the coast we would watch the cruising boats and day sailors go by and there was always a comment about how slow that life style was.
One day a friend of ours said he would meet us at the kelp beds on saturday for a day of diving. He owned 40 foot sailboat that he eventually sailed to Fiji
with his girlfriend.
Again there were lots of comments about how long it would take him to get there. After all the kelp beds are almost 6 miles from the marina.
We all got underway that day after loading the boats at 6am, trailering to the ramp
, launching boats then there was the standup, hang-on 30 knot
Soon after we were anchored our friend came into view from around the point.
His gf was on the bow, long hair flying in the breeze, cup of coffee in one hand danish in the other.
magically dropped and soon we were all collecting abalone and lobster.
when the dive was over we did our normal routine. Peel off wet rubber, put on dry clothes over salty bodies.
My friend disappeared for a short time then reemerged looking fresh and relaxed. Of course he immediately announced that he had taken a hot shower
There was more to the story, dining, drinking and lots of talk. Mostly about the sailboats that went by us that day as usual.
I remember stepping onboard that sailboat and deciding then and there it was my future.