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Old guy, new Sailor – new Obsession
I just started sailing a month or so ago after a lifetime of small power boat ownership. It’s funny, most of my life I have avoided ever playing golf because I was concerned I’d get all obsessive about it like some of my friends. I already had plenty of expensive hobbies.
But I accidentally tripped over sailing and have fallen and can’t get up! My wife and I wound up in San Diego while touring the country in our RV. I noticed a Groupon add for a basic keelboard class for $150. I’d been reading all these English sea battle books, Nelson, Hornblower, etc. and decided to see how all that sail business really worked.
As a former adult ed instructor, I was very much disappointed in the two-day class but completely blown away by how much fun it was and what a real challenge it is. It seems a door has opened, having the feeling of the tiller thrumming in my hand, the wind acting as a friend and force, altogether it’s a sensation that is somehow in sync with the true me. It is a meditation I have sought my whole life.
I’ve put in about 50 skipper hours in 4 weeks, with the Capri 22 here on Mission Bay and out in the big BAY. (I’ll tell you the story of newbie me, with a US Navy destroyer up my stern much closer than I liked!)
I have bugged my wife so much than now I am afraid to even use the “S” word. I need now to just quietly slide along, renting where I can and taking the 103 class in the next few weeks.
When the wind puffs in my face in the parking lot of Target, I ask myself, “Hmm, where is that coming from and how strong is it?” lol
If you like, I’ll post more adventures of a sail addict in the early stages.