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02-09-2013 10:37 AM
JonEisberg
Re: sailing a spiritual experience

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Originally Posted by dylanwinter1 View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by jackdale
Jon

Technology has created a separation between humans and nature.

It is hard to feel at one with the boat when the autopilot is on; I don't even like the sound they make.

I have never sailed with wind vane self steering but that must be an amazing thing
It is, absolutely magical... I suspect that most of those who scoff at that aspect of vane steering, have never actually used one... We all know that feeling, when the engine is shut down, and the boat is being driven by the wind and sail power alone. Getting a vane set, and the autopilot turned off, well... it just takes that exquisite harmony of the boat with the elements to the next level... Blondie Hasler was an absolute genius, nothing less could have conceived the principle of the servo-pendulum wind vane...

I always have to chuckle when I see boats like this being prepped for their first offshore passage... I'd bet anything, that in their lust for an aft queen centerline berth, it never occurred to them that their autopilot motor and hydraulic ram will likely be groaning away less than an arm's length away from their head, all the way to Tortola... (grin)

02-09-2013 09:13 AM
Seaduction
Re: sailing a spiritual experience

So.... how did all of this wonderment come to be??
02-09-2013 08:05 AM
tommays
Re: sailing a spiritual experience

I do a bunch of different outdoor things and am LUCKY enough that my wife is able to do them with me other than the bicycle



Be it a relaxing day sail



And epic hike up a difficult peak



Or a race that takes complete and total effort we completely turnoff any outside distractions and LIVE that moment


There is still nothing better in life than taking a child sailing


A few hundred mile race with your friends is a close second
02-09-2013 05:37 AM
dylanwinter1
Re: sailing a spiritual experience

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Jon

Technology has created a separation between humans and nature.

It is hard to feel at one with the boat when the autopilot is on; I don't even like the sound they make.

I have mixed feeling about the moon. On one hand I will always remember trimming the spinnaker in the light of a full moon on the last leg of the 2007 Van Isle 360. Nor will I forget laying in the cockpit last summer in the mid Pacific watching the Perseids meteor shower with no moon in sight.



I have never sailed with wind vane self steering but that must be an amazing thing

this summer I am going to have a crack at sheet to tiller - although katie L will steer herself for an hour or more with just a bungee and an oversheeted genoa
02-09-2013 12:52 AM
jackdale
Re: sailing a spiritual experience

Jon

Technology has created a separation between humans and nature.

It is hard to feel at one with the boat when the autopilot is on; I don't even like the sound they make.

I have mixed feeling about the moon. On one hand I will always remember trimming the spinnaker in the light of a full moon on the last leg of the 2007 Van Isle 360. Nor will I forget laying in the cockpit last summer in the mid Pacific watching the Perseids meteor shower with no moon in sight.
02-08-2013 09:38 PM
JonEisberg
Re: sailing a spiritual experience

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I believe when you sail solo. I mean solo no VHF,Radio,Dog etc.. You here more, see more, feel more. For me I can also here my inure voice better. Is this your Soul, God or just a good way to relax?
Yeah, that's at the heart of it, for me... The 'spiritual' aspect of sailing is definitely heightened when out of sight of land, and particularly at night, when shore-based light pollution is eliminated... When it's just you, the boat, and the 'everything' around you is reduced, as much as possible, to NOTHING...

And, when you become as much as one with that Nothingness as one can be on a small boat at sea... I think with all of today's modern trends, sailing is becoming somewhat less "spiritual" in this regard, for most... For example, I was struck in the thread on CA how many people mentioned the magnificence of sailing offshore at night, beneath the stars, or a bright moon... And yet, the increasing popularity of stuff like full cockpit enclosures that further insulate and separate us from our surroundings continues, unabated... Go figure...(grin)

It's no coincidence that modern gadgetry such as electronic navigation has diminished the magical/spiritual aspect of sailing to a certain degree... Finding your way to a place like Bermuda has become little more than Plug-n-Play, entirely different than the reliance upon the geometric interplay of sun and stars and time... It's no surprise, that there are far fewer Moitessiers out there, today...

As for me, I lost forever whatever modicum of religious belief or faith I might have had after my father died when I was 12... But, I never feel closer to him than when I'm at sea, under sail, with nothing between me and the heavens above...

'Nuff said...
02-08-2013 03:25 PM
JimMcGee
Re: sailing a spiritual experience

I just feel better when I'm on or around the water, and this time of year I really miss it.
02-08-2013 03:07 PM
kellysails
Re: sailing a spiritual experience

There are times when I feel this very strange euphoria. It is hard to explain but it has warmed me on the coldest of days. It does not always happen when I sail but if "things" are lined up well enough it feels intoxicating. Literally, intoxicating. I just know that at that point I am exactly where I need to be and doing exactly what I should be doing. Again, very hard to explain.
02-08-2013 02:27 PM
svHyLyte
Re: sailing a spiritual experience

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Originally Posted by dylanwinter1 View Post
will do

gonna think this through - so many great perspectives from my fellow sailors

it is good to know that I am not alone if occasionally becoming overwhelmed with the glory of the experience

Incidentally I did ask some moboists - they just didn't get it

the blog is a work in progress

but it is here

sailing as a spiritual experience « Keep Turning Left
You might find the writing of Bernard Moitessier of interest, particularly his musings while in the southern ocean.
02-08-2013 02:19 PM
dylanwinter1
Re: sailing a spiritual experience

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I certainly expect it would be spiritual to many, both in times of perfect weather and in the middle of nature's fury. Perhaps it is the sense of harnessing the immense power of the wind and sea, but knowing that at any moment Mother Nature can turn the tables most viciously. Or perhaps for some the sense of "oneness" with the world around us that many seek. When you complete your blog post please come back and share the link.
will do

gonna think this through - so many great perspectives from my fellow sailors

it is good to know that I am not alone if occasionally becoming overwhelmed with the glory of the experience

Incidentally I did ask some moboists - they just didn't get it

the blog is a work in progress

but it is here

sailing as a spiritual experience « Keep Turning Left
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