Sailing has everything

After riding a high of a New York weekend and engagement, we are back on the boat in Haverstraw, struggling through delays for parts, bad weather, and crummy docking experiences.  During rainy nights like these we are drawn to re-reread a journal entry Mark made at the beginning of our trip.

We often say that “sailing has everything”.

Massive highs, massive lows and the swings in between. Boredom, excitement, terror, enthusiasm. It offers a chance to practice tenacity, relaxation, thoughtfulness, conscientiousness. A place to fix things, break things, solve problems and make them. It challenges your mind and body, while satisfying a sense of adventure.

Sailing teaches you to appreciate the simplest things: Food, water, shelter, weather, power, and (not to mention) a hot shower. Sailing gives you the time and the opportunity to stare out over the horizon for hours, to see sunrises and sunsets in the same day, to go wherever your heart desires and to respect nature because ultimately it has the final say.

We often say you can’t have a schedule, more of a plan with a backup plan…and a backup to the backup plan…and plans change.

You learn to appreciate the sunny days until there are too many in a row, then you appreciate the clouds. You learn to crave wind in the doldrums and calm in a storm.

There’s always something to do if you want to do it, but you don’t always have to do it right away. Sailing gives you a chance to do what you want to do, be who you want to be, and figure out just how the hell you’re gonna get there.

Sailing has everything.

  • Drew Rickard

    Just remember, a bad day on the boat still beats a good day at work!!!

  • Mikee HK

    The phrase, “Highs and lows,” has become the catchphrase around our boat and experiences. From outfitting the boat from the ground up to getting it down to Mexico… Certain moments, mostly when you’re at an extreme high or the very lowest of the lows, it’s almost guaranteed to be repeated twice. “Highs and lows, highs and lows…”

    Opening a beer after pulling into a narrow marina we’d never been into in the pitch black because our engine died before we could come into the marina, “Highs and lows…”

    Looking at bank balances after some major purchases, “Highs and lows…”

    I really liked this one, guys. You know it hits home for anyone who’s ever owned, or maybe even had a responsibility on a boat.

  • Bretton MacLean

    Beautifully put – this is exactly what I try to tell people when I talk about sailing. It bums me out that more people our age aren’t picking it up; yet another reason I was stoked to meet you guys. Maybe when global warming finally kicks into overdrive people will be forced to take to the seas 😉

    Even now, with our boat on dry land as a result of a freak accident, I’m already planning our trip in the spring (Cape Breton!). It’s hard to think about the highs when you’re deep in the lows, but those highs always come back. Keep your head up guys, and keep living the dream :)

  • Chris

    Awesome post!