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I would like to thank all of you for replies. I feel obliged to adumbrate a background of this question.

I cooperate with foundation that helps children from orphanages by teaching them sailing. Of course, we teach them real life skills. We show them, that life depends from us. And that what we know, what we can, what we've learnt is very important to succeed in life. We try to show that everyone should have life's aims and we should not drifting in our existence. We want to give them opportunity, something that could be one constant thing in their life.

I don't want to judge a system, orphanages and how government helps those children. We prefer acting, but in my opinion, they have many materials things, many foundations just give them clothes, packages for Xmas, etc. That's good. But we want to give them something immaterial, something that they could use in future.

You can say, "but why sailing, it's for rich people, you could teach them something practical like hairdressing or how to repair a car". Yes, we could or actually could not because we teach what we can ourselves. Is sailing for rich people? Yes and no. If we talk about yachts for 150k $, it's rather beyond common people's sight, but sailing is not so expensive as people usually think. I probably don't have to say it here, anyway.

I'm trying to collect some people's experiences what sailing brings to your life, how it enrich you, your personality. I'm very glad, my question has met with so big response. Waiting for another interesting stories and points.
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Great cause, Alex... all the best to you in this worthy effort.
I got exposed to sailing when I was a young kid - it made a huge impression on me. When I picked up sailing again as an adult, I felt like that kid again. It was awesome and magical... it still is...
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Before I started sailing, I had a lot more money...
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I have hardly sailed, yet sailing has changed my life- when, at 50 years old- I decided to start "investigating" sailboats.... Knowing I am not the only one with this strange affliction, I still struggle to understand the force of it.

Regardless of culture or geography, status or wealth; being in a sailboat on the water, seems to me is something akin to catnip for the soul.

I just want to live long enough to have sailed longer.

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WingNwing, that's exactly what I'm looking for. Thank you very much! I see there is many interesting things I can dig on your blog.

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Thanx Alex, here's something else along those same lines: Life Afloat Archives: Life Lessons Learned from the Weather Report


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Arkonah I cannot send a private message to you because I'm a quite newbie here, so if you're reading this, I just want to say thank you for your message.

There is nothing better than separate from the outside world and taking a breath when something bother us.

I think there is something magical in water. It really helps to clean your mind... only you and silence or gentle whistle of wind. Few hours and you can feel that everything is clear and possible, nothing more nothing less.
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