Week 27: Sailing Through Marina del Rey
"You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore" - Christopher Columbus
What did I do:
Here we are, half way through my 35th year. Thrive at 35 has been a roller coaster ride. I'm not speaking of just the new experiences I have had each week. Although they have been a thrill, there is more that meets the eye. Thrive at 35 has provided me with benefits I didn't even anticipate. Facing my fears, expanding my boundaries week after week has accelerated expansion in all aspects of my life. I can't wait to see how it continues to unfold.
Now, back to Mr. Columbus. I have always wanted to sail. I don't know what stopped me. I grew up in Southern California for most of my life with the ocean in my backyard. Even during my 5 year hiatus in NYC, I had several avid sailors as friends who were members of the Manhattan Yacht Club. Nonetheless, it has taken me 35 years to give it a try.
Who was with me:
My friend Mariola and I took two lessons through Marina Sailing of Marina Del Rey with a well informed, passionate and patient captain.
What did I learn:
What didn't I learn is the better question. Captain Chris was so thorough. He thought us the anatomy of a sail boat, origins of terminology, basic rules of navigation and the science behind sailing. Similar to parasailing, Bernoulli's Principal can be applied here as well. Being a hands on learner, I was appreciative of how quickly we were able to apply what we were learning.
By the end of the first lesson, Mariola and I took turns at the helm or manning the ropes that control the sail. I have to admit, getting in and out of the marina was a bit nerve wrecking. We were on a 35 feet boat and had to maneuver around kayakers, paddle boarders, and smaller and bigger sail boats. At some point, I wanted to just sit back and drink champagne but our captain didn't allow for any passive passengers!
Would I do this again:
Yes! There is so much more for me to learn about the sport of sailing, navigation, and the sea. But what I do know is that vast ocean and breathtaking sunsets are alluring and speak to my soul.
Perhaps JFK had it right...."All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea -- whether it is to sail or to watch it -- we are going back from where we came."