Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: New York
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Do you golf? I used to, but don't really anymore (any good day for golfing is a good day for sailing). Anyway, golf is a very frustrating game. You sit there staring at this little ball that's not moving. No one is yelling at you. No one is hitting you while you try to strike the ball. No one is trying to throw the ball past you while you swing the club. Nope, the ball just sits there, everyone is quiet, and you can take all the time you need. Yet, you never can get the d*mn thing to go where you want. You spend 90% of your time very frustrated, cursing under your breath, wondering why you decided to "waste" an afternoon like this, and spend lots of money for the privilege to boot!
Why do I raise this in response to your question? Because invariably, there is one shot during every round of golf that you remember because you hit it exactly right. Everything feels perfect, your swing was smooth and easy, the sound of the club head striking the ball is exactly the same as the sound you hear when the pros do it, the rest of your group applauds, and it brings a serene smile over your face. It's called a "Golf Shot." And it's THAT shot that stays in your mind and keeps you coming back to the links, even though you shot a 138. Well, in your situation, keep picturing that one evening you had with the calm winds/seas, lobster on the barbie, nice wine, stars shining bright, and your beautiful wife next to you. That was your Golf Shot. And that's the experience that should keep you coming back, because once you start to get experience, YOUR boat is set up the way you want and properly maintained, there will be many more of those Golf Shot evenings than the ones where you shank the ball into the rough.
Stick with it. Once you get in the groove, sailing will change your life. Forever.
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