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Old 19-11-2017, 08:59   #16
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Why do you sail?

Why do I breathe? Why do I drink water? Why do I make love? Why do I draw pictures? Why do I build things? Why do I love the warmth of sun on my face? Why do I notice the beauty of the natural world’s small things and large things? Why do I feel connected with the rhythms of life, tide, wind and sea? Why does my heart beat? Why do I sail?
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Old 19-11-2017, 09:06   #17
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Re: Why do you sail?

Not sure I know the reason or want to know... I guess it allows me to think I might sail over the horizon one day, although I've never really done it. I've owned boats since my early twenties; didn't own my first house until I was in my mid-fifties, so perhaps that reveals something... am not wild about anchoring, sight-seeing, the latest techno-gadgets or dock-related communities (although i lived aboard for several years) but when the boat is in motion and the auxiliary silent, life seems good...
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Old 19-11-2017, 09:21   #18
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It is the best way I have found to pay the bills, while enjoying my work.

And it allows me to purchase an airplane and enjoy flying.

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Old 19-11-2017, 09:22   #19
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For the same reason I have a dog, mental therapy. Sailing has been a part of my family since before Joshua Humphreys (6 generations back) designed the 6 super frigates eg. Constitution.
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Old 19-11-2017, 09:39   #20
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Re: Why do you sail?

The reasons are endless:

Living on the edge a little.
The challenges.
The satisfaction.
The honing of skills and learning of new ones.
Working as a close knit team.
Endlessly empty horizons.
The uncertainty on awakening of how each day will unfold.
The awareness of phases of the moon, every shift in the wind, the state of the tide.
Being part of the closeknit sailing community.
The motion.
Feeling the boat heel under me as the wind rises.
The responsive tiller under my fingers.
Not being awakened by an alarm.
No sitting in traffic jams.
No corporate clothing.
Minimal regulations.
The velvet nights.
Watching the "rosy fingers of dawn" with a pot of tea at my elbow.
The sound of the wind in the rigging.
Living in the moment.
Above all, the fun of it .....

It matters not where, or on what, just with whom.
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Old 19-11-2017, 09:40   #21
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Re: Why do you sail?

Why I sail,,,
Well, that is a loaded question with many answers.
First, may I say because I bought this boat for my husband and I last April 2016 to have the best summer of our lives.
Then sadly he died of a heart attack and he never made the maiden voyage mid-April of last year.
So I am not a quitter and I had sailed (as crew only) on my father's boat 35 plus years prior to owning my 322 O'Day. I needed to hone in on some sailing skills to continue to make my dreams come true.
The freedom of space (meaning the waters) the wind in my sails has definitely brought me closer to my main purpose in Life which is,
to Love All that I can about being Alive!
It may be silly for some but I have met some wonderful people and they have taught me their skills. Still I am developing my own way to manage and sail my boat.
I call my self a "Sailtress" my word for a female Sailor.
I have retired early because of a few health issues.
One being legally blind, two having By-pass surgery and 2 heart attacks and 2 stents placed all within the last 3 years this Dec.
I am a strong will woman and I fear very little after all that I have lived through in 55 years.
I remain strong in my convictions and with my pursuit to master my boat. She is my peace which brings me great happiness when I am aboard her.
I apologize for the wordiness of this response, but I have found my Peace in Sailing.
Cheers to All Who Love to Sail!
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Old 19-11-2017, 09:50   #22
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Peace of mind, reset, mental health, the journey and the destination.
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Serenity now!
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Old 19-11-2017, 10:12   #24
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To embrace a life defined by nature and weather, adventure, people you meet and the satisfaction of discovering the unknown. Away from a life in which everything is defined by moneyyyyy, size and the illusion of ownership.
Sailing reminds you that in reality you own nothing! You are simply a tenant of planet earth! Makes you humble, respectful and admirative.
So no surprise that some of your friends don’t quite understand especially if there is the smallest trace of “Trumpet” seeds in them!
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Amen...trying to break free now.
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Re: Why do you sail?

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Why I sail,,,
Well, that is a loaded question with many answers.
First, may I say because I bought this boat for my husband and I last April 2016 to have the best summer of our lives.
Then sadly he died of a heart attack and he never made the maiden voyage mid-April of last year.
So I am not a quitter and I had sailed (as crew only) on my father's boat 35 plus years prior to owning my 322 O'Day. I needed to hone in on some sailing skills to continue to make my dreams come true.
The freedom of space (meaning the waters) the wind in my sails has definitely brought me closer to my main purpose in Life which is,
to Love All that I can about being Alive!
It may be silly for some but I have met some wonderful people and they have taught me their skills. Still I am developing my own way to manage and sail my boat.
I call my self a "Sailtress" my word for a female Sailor.
I have retired early because of a few health issues.
One being legally blind, two having By-pass surgery and 2 heart attacks and 2 stents placed all within the last 3 years this Dec.
I am a strong will woman and I fear very little after all that I have lived through in 55 years.
I remain strong in my convictions and with my pursuit to master my boat. She is my peace which brings me great happiness when I am aboard her.
I apologize for the wordiness of this response, but I have found my Peace in Sailing.
Cheers to All Who Love to Sail!
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There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood,
leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows
and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the
current when it serves, or lose our ventures.


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Re: Why do you sail?

Interesting you should ask. I just posted this:
Why do we sail? – Victoria sets sail
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Why do I sail? Partly because I have done so since the age of 10 and therefore it’s sort of in my DNA now.

But also it satisfies different aspects of my character. It requires planning and then the delivery of that planning. It can also require improvisation if the weather isn’t as one hopes. It requires continual observation of the elements and conditions. It requires technical skill. A good sail satisfies emotional needs. There is something really thrilling and emotionally satisfying when the boat is going well. It’s educational; I learn something new just about every time I go out. It involves risk. And I get satisfaction managing and dealing with the risk and also the technical issues. I get some exercise and I get to meet like-minded people most of whom are very sociable. Finally, a weekend away sailing is like a week away on land. Everything goes slowly and I come back feeling I’ve really been somewhere and accomplished something.
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Sailboats are amazing wind-powered vehicles of exploration that can take you anywhere in the world— plus, it is magical being on the water.
Who could resist?
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