Sailing is an Art

For the first time in a number of years, my local flotilla is going to offer the sailing and seamanship course to the general public. Shameless plug: check your local flotilla if you live in the US for all kinds of boating safety and skills classes!

As I am going through the materials to prep the sessions, one thought keeps coming to mind. Amid all of the discussion of line handling and points of sail and rudder types, it is so important to communicate that sailing is, at its heart, an art. There is certainly a reason for why things happen the way they do, and for why you might make one choice over another. But in the end, it’s really all about dancing with the wind, feeling the way the helm responds as you turn through the water, watching the waves as they roll past and sending the boat to rise to meet them. Like most things in life, the more you do it, the less you think about it, and it becomes a true art form.

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