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So the question is why do you love to sail?

I love to sail because I love to feel the wind on my face and I enjoy knowing that I'm not adding to the carbon footprint. I enjoy dinners off the back of the boat as the sun sets. The halyard gently hitting the mast above me. In the morning when I get up I see the mist melt off the lake as the sun comes up while drinking my warm tea. The carp feeding in close to shore and anchoring in shallow waters off a little island in a secluded place. :2 boat:
 

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I like to sail dinghies because it is pure fun... working with wind and water to go where you want.
I like to cruise on a sailboat because it gets me into beautiful spots full of wildlife, where I can spend quality time with myself and mother Nature, swim naked and carry on like a 12 year old in general. ;)
 

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I hope I am not alone when I answer this honestly...

I really don't know...

I love to sail new water.
I love to go fast with no internal (or external) combustion engine to blame for it.
I love the water.
I love the sound, the feel, the smell, hell even the taste of being on the water, salt water makes it more "real."
That halyard slapping you hear? It's something to be identified and quelled. Perfectly fine as long as its not my boat. But the sound is "home base."
Love to wake up aboard, either at anchor or under sail, to the motion of the boat.
Cannot express enough the whole experience from cruising to racing, to island hopping, to long sails with no destination... Is all great.

I do not sail to "save the earth," or to conserve fossil fuel... It's not an alternative mode of conveyance for me. If that were the case I'd sail over water, and ride my horse on land (and yes I do both). The amount of fuel I burn on both of those hobbies makes the "Save on fossil fuel" argument (at least for me) a ludicrous one (My diesel 3500 dually is plenty of evidence of that at 12mpg).

If I could truly pigeon hole myself into a specific set of sailing that makes it all worthwhile, I probably would have settled on a boat much more quickly (not sure I have even yet). My desire for a fast boat that is also a great cruiser, keeps me always looking for the next boat. My want for bigger water makes me less appreciative of the time I get sailing now on my local puddle.

I sail a lot, and for that I am thankful, because as you see above, there are way more reasons to love it, than I can even identify.
I'll misquote something I read (that I cannot find now)... "Sailing is more than a sport, sport should have it so good."

Not even sure this post does my "hobby/sport/lifestyle" justice.
 

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I like to sail, but what I really love is the lifestyle my boat allows me to live.

To me, my sailboat is simply an entirely desirable way to live and travel. I like to sail, but that’s not what moves me. It’s the ability to live relatively inexpensively and freely, to learn and to explore new areas, and to do so with a small environmental footprint.
 

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I only love to sail when things are "just right" for a nice fast flat sail in the open water toward where I want to go without a bunch of "stuff" to avoid or worry about along the way. In which case I get to go there in peace and quiet.

I didn't get into sailing to sail, I got into it to cruise to places.
 

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I sail because it's more fun, and much less expensive than when I sped across the waters on powerboats. I can just prop up my feet, lock the steering, trim the sails and enjoy a Green Coconut Margaretta while cruising in a 20 knot wind that would have beat my brains out in any of my previous powerboats. :)

Bottom's up,

Gary :cool:
 

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What a great thread..... and you write books about this...

I love to be able to get almost anywhere with my magnificent machine... driven by the wind.... guided by my wits... how cool is that!

I love being immersed in nature... feeling small and feel large.

I love the sounds, the silence, the smell of the sea and the land along side

I love to sleep in the boat... moving gently not lying on a firm slab.

I love that I was able to master my boat and I love how she takes care of me as I do her...

I love how I can detach from all the things associated with dirt... work, noise, stupid conversations... cars and traffic... and of roads....

I love that I have been learning to sail for 32 years and feel as if I haven't even scratched the surface.

I love the sailors I meet.... almost everyone a sort of genius and respectful of our world.

I love that I can see the entire sky at day and night.

I love that I can make any place my home... like a turtle I take my home wherever I go.

I love to see how some people feel wonder being on the boat.

and so on.
 

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A bunch of reasons, but here are a few, in no particular order.

1) the sport: you can get your heart rate up short tacking up a narrow channel, you can ride the edge flying down wind, you can crawl up on the fore deck as she pounds into a sea, waves washing over the deck.

2) the excitement/adrenaline; dinghy sailing any one?

3) the enigma, I love navigation, passage planning, research; great way to challenge the mind in an open ended non linear game.

4) Access to wilderness. A sailboat is the ultimate off road vehicle, you can take it to wilderness locations, hike the hills, fish the creeks and then always have a safe comfortable base camp to return to.

5)Social: I have minimal electronics on my boat, for navigation or entertainment, it's a great way to talk, chat, cook, play games and maybe have the odd party with family, friends and strangers alike
 

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I love to sail because of the way it feels. Sail is very physical, to all my senses.

My love of sail started with the 'feel' of being under sail. If you are sailing with someone who loves sail, you can see it on their face.

I think I passed that love onto my son and daughter. I can see it on their faces when they sail.

 

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5)Social: I have minimal electronics on my boat, for navigation or entertainment, it's a great way to talk, chat, cook, play games and maybe have the odd party with family, friends and strangers alike
Glad someone mentioned! I love going out with friends for a daysail to nowhere. You can't carry a conversation on a powerboat - that's the biggest deal killer for me with those things.
 

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What a great thread..... and you write books about this...

I love to be able to get almost anywhere with my magnificent machine... driven by the wind.... guided by my wits... how cool is that!

I love being immersed in nature... feeling small and feel large.

I love the sounds, the silence, the smell of the sea and the land along side

I love to sleep in the boat... moving gently not lying on a firm slab.

I love that I was able to master my boat and I love how she takes care of me as I do her...

I love how I can detach from all the things associated with dirt... work, noise, stupid conversations... cars and traffic... and of roads....

I love that I have been learning to sail for 32 years and feel as if I haven't even scratched the surface.

I love the sailors I meet.... almost everyone a sort of genius and respectful of our world.

I love that I can see the entire sky at day and night.

I love that I can make any place my home... like a turtle I take my home wherever I go.

I love to see how some people feel wonder being on the boat.

and so on.
Really nice. I was hoping people might get poetic. This thread warrants that.
 

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I wrote this poem about 25 years ago:

How simple, yet complex
The sailboat is
Each part essential
Time tested solutions
To the problems
Of how to go
From here to there
With wings of cloth
Flying through the air
Yet swimming too
With fins of metal
Across vast oceans blue
Touching and caressing
Each land
On our planet Earth
Afloat in a vast
Heavenly sea of stars

Men of all times
Looked to the heavens
to find their way
Knowing the signs
Placed skyward
To guide them
Over infinite waves
Disappearing into the horizon
Where all dreams lay

Now electrons too small
For senses to know
Carry the messages
From man made stars
Too insignificant to shine
A matrix of ideas
Dividing the earth
Into precise little squares
As addresses
In a metropolis
For all to know
With the need to go
From here to there
 

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I wrote this poem about 25 years ago:

How simple, yet complex
The sailboat is
Each part essential
Time tested solutions
To the problems
Of how to go
From here to there
With wings of cloth
Flying through the air
Yet swimming too
With fins of metal
Across vast oceans blue
Touching and caressing
Each land
On our planet Earth
Afloat in a vast
Heavenly sea of stars

Men of all times
Looked to the heavens
to find their way
Knowing the signs
Placed skyward
To guide them
Over infinite waves
Disappearing into the horizon
Where all dreams lay

Now electrons too small
For senses to know
Carry the messages
From man made stars
Too insignificant to shine
A matrix of ideas
Dividing the earth
Into precise little squares
As addresses
In a metropolis
For all to know
With the need to go
From here to there
Lovely. I can almost touch the stars.....
 

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Hmmm. Maybe a poem will get my wife interested in sailing...
I like how you covered everything from the complex details needed moment by moment to the philosophical urge to travel...
 

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I love to sail because of the way it feels. Sail is very physical, to all my senses.

My love of sail started with the 'feel' of being under sail. If you are sailing with someone who loves sail, you can see it on their face.

I think I passed that love onto my son and daughter. I can see it on their faces when they sail.

You know Tom, my gauge for whether people enjoy sailing is if they sit and visit once back at the dock, the ones that run off don't really get it.
 

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So the question is why do you love to sail?

I love to sail because I love to feel the wind on my face and I enjoy knowing that I'm not adding to the carbon footprint. I enjoy dinners off the back of the boat as the sun sets. The halyard gently hitting the mast above me. In the morning when I get up I see the mist melt off the lake as the sun comes up while drinking my warm tea. The carp feeding in close to shore and anchoring in shallow waters off a little island in a secluded place. :2 boat:
Maggie, Excellent thread welcome to the Forum. My "Whys" are many, a most recent experience comes to mind, my son and I were bringing our new 30 down from MD on her maiden voyage and after a restful night in Ingram bay we woke up to coffee with him screaming from the cockpit and as I scrambled on deck we were greeted but more Dolphin than I have ever seen in my life, I mean hundreds just swimming in 15' of water in our anchorage chasing the days food up the river.
Things like that.:wink
 

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After crewing a race on a 36' boat in my 20s I said to the captain as we came in the jetties,
"I can't believe the wind moves this boat."
and after having sailed similar boats in and out of the same harbor for 40 years, he looked at me and said,
"I can't either."

I think that's when I knew I was in love with sailing.

Something you can do in an afternoon, but spend a lifetime learning.

It's amazing how quiet it can be zipping along in the water...
 

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I love the challenge of sailing as I have always been a competitor. Moving a boat in any direction using the wind which is probably not blowing the way you wish to go is a contest of you against nature. Nature is always up to the game...... I also feel a connection with the past, clear back to the first sailors from multiple centuries BC to those who discovered the world after the 5th century AD. My ancestry is Scandinavian so I admire the voyages the Vikings did in crossing to the Americas as early s the 9th Century as well as the voyages into the unexplored areas in the 14th and 15th Centuries. Those guys were the real sailors and if I can experience just a small portion of their adventures by using the wind to circumnavigate a lake with ever changing and variable winds I feel a very small connection with those hearty adventurers. Anyone can turn a key and push a throttle to go in whatever direction they desire but using the wind to move you where you wish to go, even when the winds are against you, makes a statement about your character and fortitude.
 
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