As the weather warms up, sailing season on the York River has resumed. We turn now to why people sail in the first place, including the romance of sailing.
Pick up any boating magazine and look at the full-page ads. They often depict a fast motorboat, with an attractive woman in a bikini. Now thumb through and find a comparable full-page ad of a sailboat. It’s shown on the open water with sails full and hull heeling gently from the wind. What’s missing is the woman in a bikini. The first ad was selling sex appeal, while the second was selling romance. The woman is implicit and would only clutter our view of the sailboat.
Sailing is implicitly romantic. Nowhere else does a situation lend itself to such a sensitive setting that can melt the hardest heart. These three illustrations capture the moment better than any words can.
The romance of sailing is the romance of the sea, of solitude, of silence, of mystique. People just naturally associate sailing with a romantic life. I’ve done enough wedding and engagement cruises to know that sailing adds a special dimension to any experience.
Among five reasons cited to go sailing, three are directly connected to romance. Couples cruises have become so popular that Let’s Go Sail now provides deck cushions on the bow so people can enjoy their privacy in an isolated yet majestic section of the boat. Some couples stay there for hours at a time. It’s another world up there on the bow.
You are right, especially about the last part.
Whenever we have a couple onboard, young or old, if
, they are even a little bit romantic as a couple, my partner at some point, will steer them up to the foredeck with a few cushions.
As I try to sail nicely (to show guests the beauty of sail), she'll climb down to the galley and open a bottle of something (bubbly is the best for this).
Next - I know - she'll carefully walk two glasses forward to the vee berth where there is a small opening port in the forward cabin house. She'll open it (which sometimes startles our guests, now leaning on their cushions over the little port).
She'll pass the two glasses through the port to the couple, and return to the cockpit.
We like doing that. The couple always stays up there in that private space with a view, like nothing they have ever seen. Glasses empty, they always return with a smile on their faces.
Never, ever, fails.