There are many reasons why each of us chooses to go sailing and they can be varied. I grew up sailing in the Thousand Islands in Lake Ontario as a deckhand, with my father and brother. As an adult, sailing taught me to live beyond my expectations and maybe share that with others.
The avenues I know best and the gifts I hold most dear are of connecting to people and helping people connect to themselves.
This is what I do. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than enabling people to become witness to their own abilities and their own strengths. This is what I love about sailing. It does just that. Through a complex weave of nautical terminology, procedures and protocols, learning to maneuver a sailboat in a range of conditions, taps into a fundamental belief about ourselves, that rears its head every now and then: I don’t know if I can do this. The answer to that is: well, you just did! Learning to sail is a wonderful method of teaching ourselves by increments, about our own creativity, our own problem-solving, our own reliability and our endurance. It comes from learning to trust ourselves and truly work together. Mostly, it comes from sharing stories of struggle, comedy, worry and reward. Sailing is also one of life’s great equalizers. No matter who you are, where you come from or what you do, there are no classes of people who are above the learning curve.
So here’s the Mark Twain quote:
“Throw off the bow lines, sail away from safe harbor. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Since 2010, I have taught courses in Basic Keelboat Sailing, Basic Cruising, Bareboat Chartering and Coastal Navigation. Instructing opportunities have taken me up and down the inside passage of the Pacific NW, to Nova Scotia, to the Northwest Territories and to the US.
Check the Courses page for descriptions.