What Makes a Sailor?

Why do we love sailing? What is it about being on the open sea that can redirect our perspective inward, and lead us to a new dimension of self-discovery? Is sailing a spiritual experience, a transcendent experience that comes from an inborn connection with the sea?

I believe that all sailors should all be essayists because they possess a level of perception that landlubbers are tragically missing. Sailing is enriching in many ways, but first and foremost, it provides us with an enhanced consciousness and a clearer vision of the world around us.

For many sailors, both the male and female variety, there seems to be a traditional sense of the voyager within. Sailing develops patience, inner strength, and self-reflection that serves us well on land and water.

If nothing else, a sunset witnessed over the vast ocean, followed by the cover of night in all its brilliance, the full universe and infinite shining stars overhead, goes a long way toward reminding you of your place in this world, and your relationship to all the beauty that surrounds you.

For some, sailing is a necessity of life. It encourages our connection with God, it nourishes our respect for nature, and it feeds our need for discovery.  On the water, sailors are the masters of their own fate. Sailors experience the kind of exhilaration and deeply satisfying enjoyment that few other life experiences provide. Most remarkably, that excitement and enjoyment never fade, no matter how many times a sailor returns to the sea.  Anyone who has experienced sailing knows that the heightened sensations of being on the water can calm and soothe when recalled from memory.

The proverbial optimal experience.

It is what the sailor holding a tight course feels when the wind whips their face and hair when the boat charges through the waves like a stallion – wind, hull, sails, and sea harmonizing with the beat of the sailor’s heart.

Welcome to OutToSea.com. It has been a long, long voyage arriving here, and we are happy to have you aboard. Before we set sail, allow me to share one more inspirational reflection from Mark Twain:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

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