Troppo, greetings and thanks for the welcome!
I am a newbie to this forum and suppose I'll always be a "new sailor". It's all relative?!
While boat shopping
years ago in Southwest Harbor, Maine
, I met a gentleman sailor of 70+ yoa who had sailed weekly his entire life along the NE coast of US and beyond who still considered himself a beginner. He said "I've never left a dock
on a boat that I didn't learn something new; whether it's something about the boat, about the water, about the weather
, or about myself. I've never stopped learning
and have never stopped feeling that there is not more I need to learn." His comment was expressed with such a humbleness and a sincerity I was struck by the honesty and reality of his statement and the thought has remained with me.
As a sailor, all I can do is prepare to the best of my ability, maintain my boat with care, patience, and routine, and it helps if I can bring along a sense of humor! (Isn't there a rule
- something like: if it can go wrong, it will go wrong, and it'll be at the worst time, and that'll likely be while your mother-in-law is visiting.)
Troppo, thanks again for the welcome and encouraging words! Hope you've not endured difficulties from the floods being reported on CNN and BBC news. Have a great weekend!