What Sailing Taught Me

Today is the one year anniversary of the very first time I sailed. After laying on the beach and swimming in the Atlantic all morning, we headed back to the mainland and out to camp. So with 1 Sunfish, 1 rainbow colored sail, 1 dagger board, 1 rudder, 1 perfect afternoon, the three of us set out into the Bogue Sound. My spot on the small boat? Laying diagonally across the front half as the boom swung over top of me.

Here are a few things I learned that day…

  1. Boats are heavy, but teamwork (and a little bit of girl-power) makes the dream work.
  2. How to do the ‘stingray shuffle’.
  3. It’s all about balance.
  4. Know where the wind is, and where you need to be.
  5. Learn to adjust your sails.
  6. Chacos make great water/sailing shoes (or anything shoes, let’s be real).
  7. Learn how to go the other way when necessary.
  8. When you get boomed off, enjoy the swim.
  9. Enjoy every bit of the peaceful moments.
  10. Shared experiences build friendships un-like anything else.
  11. We all have a place.
  12. Sailing is an absolutely beautiful thing. A great way to clear your head and enjoy life.

This was new, this was an unknown and this was an opportunity. Let me tell you, that is one of the highlights of my summer! We still look back and laugh about that day.

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