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post #14 of Old 06-30-2007
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Viper, sailing is about the journey, not the destination.

If that sounds too new-age to you, you probably don't want to go sailing.

Sailing can be many things to many people. It is like a chess game, as you try to optimize everything you are doing. And everything on the boat is interrelated. In racing, the boat is one big "engine" and the crew are each a functioning part of the engine, who all work to make it faster. It can be as thrilling as watching grass grow...or as intense as any competition sport.

But just getting a sailboat and going out won't do much for you. Take an introductory sailing course, because books don't teach sailing any more than they teach polo or soccer. See what interests you, and ask around, you'll find other folks that have boats are willing to take you out as novice racing crew, or just for a daysail to join them and see what it is about.

Will you like it? Dunno. I can't figure out why people play golf or football either.
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