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Jesse's Blog 24 - Sailing2018.08.12


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I am not very good at sports generally.  I don’t really like to exercise, so I’m usually not very good at running around.  I’m also not very good at complicated physical movements, like shooting a basketball.  Finally, I get nervous in team sports because I am too worried about causing trouble for my teammates.  Despite all these problems, I found one sport that was perfect for me.
 
I’m good at sailing.  In high school, I was on the sailing team.  We raced small sailboats, only about 5 or 6 meters long, with two people in each boat.  That was the perfect sport for me, because on a sailboat, you sit down the whole time.  No running around!  The movements on a boat are important, but they aren’t complicated like other sports.  If you throw a ball wrong, that’s it, it’s too late to fix it.  If you pull the rope on a sailboat too far, you will know, and you can let it back out a little, and there’s no problem!
 
In a race I usually do have a teammate, but that was ok for me too.  On a boat, there is a captain and a crew.  The captain makes all the decisions and the crew does what the captain says.  It’s a clear system, and I’m ok with that.  I’m happy to have people tell me what to do, and I’m happy telling other people what to do.  I’m just not good at team situations where people work together as equals.
 
I really loved sailing.  I love the sound of the water, the feel of the wind in my hair, and the crash of the boat against the waves.  I love the feel of the boat pulling away.  A sailboat always wants to turn downwind, so in a race the captain is always fighting the boat to make it go upwind.  I also love the strategy in a race.  I’m not very good at complicated physical movements, but I’ve always been good at strategy.  I can look at the water and see the path where the wind is.  I can see the other boats and imagine their speed and the path they will take from where they are and where the good wind pockets are.  I also understand the traffic rules in a sailboat, and am good at using the rules to force my opponents to go on a different path.  I did really well on the sailing team.
 
Sailing is more than just a sport, though.  I love just spending a day sailing around.  When I was young, that was my main summer activity.  Two or three times a week I took the family sailboat out with my friends, and we just relaxed and explored the ocean.  After high school I took a test and got my official captain’s license, so I can work as a sailboat captain for tour groups or private boat owners on vacation.  I never actually did any of that work, but I was happy to get the license.
 
Can I rent a sailboat near Hitachi?
 

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