Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: DFW Metroplex
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Re: Addicted to Sailing...
I grew up in a powerboat family....always at the lake, skiing, tubing, fishing, weekends at the lake house. Never, ever considered sailing.
Last year, Feb '11....a friend invited me to go sailing on his beautiful Catalina 36, 2005 model. After about an hour of explaining how things worked and why....and me pulling sheets, he finally put me behind the wheel. As I stood there, controlling this magnificent vessel, heeled slightly over, seeing the wind ahead and steering into it to take advantage of the puff, then falling off for the prevailing.....it hit me like a friggan TON OF BRICKS! I could do this forever. There's nothing else I want to do on the water anymore. Where has this been all my life?
Yeah, it bit me wicked hard. A month later I shook hands with a guy and became the owner of a Catalina 25. It's been just over a year now, and it's changed my recreational life.
I've found sailing is much like golf. Anyone can hit a ball down the fairway and eventually get it in the hole. Anyone can raise canvas and catch the wind. To do either one well....that's a whole other thing all together. Sailing well is like golfing well....it's a battle within yourself, and with yourself.
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1982 Catalina 25 #2897
Eagle Mountain Lake, Texas