From the above one may presume that I do not come from a long line of sailors. I was not born with a sailing pedigree, and to the best of my knowledge no one in my family tree was, or is, a sailor. Please allow me at this juncture, to take occasion and explain my use of the noun "sailor" in this transcript. My desire is to reference those individuals that employ
Last week Janet Lee and I were visiting with a group of sailing friends (you can read their blogs here and here) and the conversation turned to a specific component recently installed on one of their sailboats. Everyone present, at least the men, the women were discussing different kinds of rum, knew the function of the devise being discussed but no one knew the proper name. My excuse, and lack of knowedge in this regard, is most certainly because I am not a sailor, and I might add, make no pretense of being a sailor. Oh sure I understand the dynamics of moving a vessel through water using a wing or combination of wings for propulsion. I have even skippered sailboats in the leeward and windward islands of the Caribbean, navigated successfully between islands in all kinds of conditions and arrived safe and reasonably sound. I have owned a couple of sailboats the smallest being 35 feet. I can identify some of the parts of a sailboat and sometimes even know their intent or function, but I could sail from now until my last day and I would never consider myself a sailor compared to resumes of some I have met. But, I definetly remember the day I became enlightened.