Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Power of Sail

A beautiful shot of Rasmus under sail by our friend and artist, Lara Neece from s/v Illusion.
There is truly nothing more magnificent that catching the wind in your sails, kicking your feet up and sailing off to a new horizon, a new place, a new adventure...

Traveling by sailboat is different than any other form of travel I have experienced.  First of all, you are traveling in your home.  Anything you need is there, usually within an arms reach.  Secondly, you are almost entirely self sufficient.  We make our own energy with our solar panels and make our own water from the sea.  We use so little energy and know so specifically what what we need and when.  It's amazing to be able to measure your own carbon footprint.  In addition, you have to work to get where you want to go - really work.  You must trim sails, crank winches and steer your ship through waters calm and rough.  The reward of finally getting to a destination by catching wind is truly something to relish.  Finally, the world opens up to you in a such a way that it never did before.  You become in tune with the rhythm of nature - the ebbing of tides, the clocking of winds, the direction of waves.  Mother Nature is number one out here and to be surrounded by her, with her, know her and depend on her is a truly beautiful gift to experience.

I will be the gladdest thing under the sun, I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one. 
- Edna St. Vincent Millay

Brittany & Scott


Mid-Life Cruising! said...

We only started experiencing the beauty of sailing during the past year, and yes ... it is amazing! Until you actually do it, you can't really understand it!

Chani said...

The way you describe being a part of nature as a liveaboard really makes me want to do it! I love that you're so self-sufficient.

Unlike both of you guys, only my husband grew up sailing. Do you have any tips for someone just learning to sail?

Bill said...

It is pretty amazing. I think harnessing the power of the wind to sail has got to be up there with the invention of the wheel in the evolution of technology.

It's too bad more people don't take advantage of it anymore.

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