Yesterday, I taught a woman to sail who had never been on a boat before - not in a dinghy or on a ferry. That was a first for me in my teaching sailing experience. I take for granted being able to get on the water in some shape or form. It makes me feel alive!
So why are there so many boaties out there but not many sailors? Yet Captain Cook brought Europeans here on a sailing ship, and the discovery and settlement of almost every nation on earth resulted from sailing the high seas! Once, to cover any distance on water, you either rowed or sailed. Everyone knew about sailing.
Today, you can easily learn to sail; to use the wind as your power-source.
Perhaps you haven't found the right boat to learn on? Or the best way to transport a boat? Or access to someone who can teach you? Or the right book to inspire you?
You can learn about sailing and the wind in a book but sooner or later the best way is to get on the water and learn by trial and error. Stay tuned for some tips!
Have fun and be safe on the water,
Like Nautical Nomads of Australia, NZ and the South Pacific to follow adventures of all sorts!
I am a New Zealand sailor who learned to sail in the beautiful Malborough Sounds and then went onto represent NZ at the 2000 Olympics.