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Re: What was your moment?

For sailing? I remember that like it was yesterday, althought it was about 30 years ago.

I was 8 or 9 years old, camping at Lake Gaston in North Carolina. My best friend and I were swimming right off the shore and an older gentleman not far away was rigging up a sailboat. I was fascinated and went over to ask if I could look at it. I guess I asked too many questions and the gentleman gave me a smile and said he'd take me for a ride if it was okay with my parents. I never ran to get permission so fast in my life.

He took both my friend and I out on it. I know now that it was a Sunfish (or something very similar). Just a basic little sailboat. I remember everything about it. The feeling of sailing, the wind, the color of the sail, the sound of the water rushing across the hull.

The whole ride was probably twenty minutes across the lake and back. I think I smiled for a week.

I never forgot it. I have spent my life on the water, spent six of those years crossing oceans in the Navy. Now, thirty years after that kind old man took me sailing, I finally got into sailing myself. And that same feeling came back from when I was nine years old.
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Sunfish on a lake as a kid while camping - great times that I looked forward to each summer.

Reconnected to sailing with my kids while they were young and we have been sailing ever since.

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Happened late May 50 years ago. Four of us were on a 37-foot ketch crossing the stream on our way to Bermuda. Twas the perfect day blue skies moderate wind, even the stream was behaving. We were making maybe 5-6 knots. I'd just come up on deck to take the noon sights when Joey, sitting in the cockpit, took out his harmonica and played 'Shenandoah'. Twas like someone had scripted the perfect sailing scene.
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Growing up in a desert - watching the America's Cup and Hobies bashing around the beach in commercials on television.

I figured I had to get in on some that someday. It was beautiful.

It finally happened a few years ago. It was far easier to get into than I ever thought it would be when we went on our very first sail with a day-charter skipper. He showed us a few things.

I now do ocean races and have a beach-cat. It's everything I dreamed it would be as a kid in the desert.
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Re: What was your moment?

1978, leaving Angelfish Creek in north Key Largo at midnight with my Grandfather on his 28 foot sloop. We where heading to Bimini and beyond. My parents were getting a divorce and I would be with him indefinantly. The first ocean swell gave me butterfly's in my stomach like a roller coaster, he told me to take the tiller so he could go below but my 8 year old muscles could'nt handle the weather helm and we swung fast in to the wind. I locked my legs and pulled it back on course with all my might, up over another swell and I held fast. That was it.... I sail out of Angelfish creek at midnight every once in a while to relive that moment ( on the very same 28 foot sloop), the creek still has the same magical feel about it.
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31.8 MPH (handheld GPS) on a Nacra 5.2, jumping 6-8' waves. That was a good day. We capzised 5 miles offshore and it took us 1/2 an hour to right the boat. Crazy youth.
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Re: What was your moment?

My story is less dramatic than those above, and very much more recent. It was not much more than a year ago that a not-very-close friend emailed me that I should go sailing with him. As I did not know him well, and his boat may well have been a piece of crap, I sort of suggested sure, we'll go sailing someday. He responded with no, we're going sailing Saturday. Okay I said, Saturday it is. I showed up and he had (has) a lovely boat, and I was impressed by the complexity of all the systems. There were so many ropes and "pulleys" all over the place, I found it rather daunting. We set out, I helped with pulling some lines and such, which was fun. Once we got out of the harbour, and the sails went up, and filled with air with a big whump, it was kind of breathtaking. I kind of "got it" from that very moment.

I sailed with that friend for the rest of last summer, and by Labour Day had acquired my own boat, utterly smitten with sailing and the lifestyle.

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1978, leaving Angelfish Creek in north Key Largo at midnight with my Grandfather on his 28 foot sloop. We where heading to Bimini and beyond. My parents were getting a divorce and I would be with him indefinantly. The first ocean swell gave me butterfly's in my stomach like a roller coaster, he told me to take the tiller so he could go below but my 8 year old muscles could'nt handle the weather helm and we swung fast in to the wind. I locked my legs and pulled it back on course with all my might, up over another swell and I held fast. That was it.... I sail out of Angelfish creek at midnight every once in a while to relive that moment ( on the very same 28 foot sloop), the creek still has the same magical feel about it.
That is a GREAT memory. I enjoyed reading that.
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