Thursday, May 2, 2013

Sailing 101 By JLee

I now own this huge boat and I have no Idea how to sail.  What should I do? 

Sure, I have been on boats with others and we've chartered a few times in the BVI's, but knowing the difference between a bow and a stern?  Not a clue.  Michael kept telling me that I had to learn and be comfortable with her.  What if something happened to him and I had to count on me?  Now, that's a scary thought! 

Then one day my dear friend made this comment, "So you bought a big boat and now you are going to learn how to sail?  Didn't you go about it backwards?"  I guess I did do it backwards.  I hadn't thought of it that way.  I guess I need to start thinking about learning.

Then, on Christmas morning I opened my gift from Michael.  There it was in bold letters.  "Congratulations!  Welcome to All Points of Sail Sailing School".  Now all I had to do was sign up. 

There is a good reason I moved from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Houston.  I don't like the cold.  My plan was to wait until at least April before I subjected myself to going out onto the water so I did not freeze.  After all, If I was concentrating on being miserable, how much could I possibly learn?

A tidbit about me...Before I dive into something, I like to have all my ducks in a row so one week before my first class I opened my Learn How To Sail book and crammed my head with  vocabulary and terms.  Talk about system overload!  It was well worth it because I did great on my test and the actual sailing was a blast!  Our group consisted of four 29 year old college buddies and me. That was an interesting group!

I learned a lot, laughed a lot, enjoyed the time, and I now feel semi-confident with my knowledge.  Now all I need to do is get some experience under my belt to make Michael proud of me.

By JLee   
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