Beginning to “Learn the ropes”
So, is sailing a science? No. It’s a mode of transportation that’s been around for thousands of years. The principles are still the same, harnessing the wind’s power to take you to your destination. Adapting to nature’s force so that you can coast along Mother Earth’s sexy contours. It’s just a skill that is easy as skiing, surfing, riding a bicycle or a horse. Going with the flow of nature’s elements and never trying to overpower it. Sure there is a science to sailing, but I’m not out to win the America’s Cup, Tour de France or the Olympics. I’m in it for the pleasure. Pleasure of discovering, learning, living, listening, seeing, coping… to participate with nature’s swings and moods.
That being said, as painful as sailing class was, I’m duly grateful. The ocean and seas are wonderful yet dangerous, as are the mountains. You can have the best equipment money can buy, but having respect for the elements, understanding the potential dangers you can be faced with will make the difference between pleasure and pure torture. Even life and death. Navigating with charts is as sensible as looking at a ski area map so you dont fall off a cliff for example. I want to be able to go out in force 9 winds just like I can zip down a Black Diamond ski slope. I don’t have a license to ski, but I have the training to ski just about anywhere, in any conditions. Or not! One must know his limits. The “Swiss Certificate of Competence for Ocean Yachting” will not make me a champion sailor, but it will give me the basic knowledge and the opportunity to eventually sail just about anywhere and in most conditions. Which is why I chose to take this challenge. A bit of pain which will eventually give me lots of pleasure.