The beauty of the open sea is the charm of sailing. The elusive properties of wind, water, and wood are difficult to summarize, even for an experienced sailor like me. Mind you, I didn’t grow up with a particular affinity for the House of Neptune. No, I grew up in the oceans of land in central Texas. Not surprisingly, the horizon lines haven’t changed, though I now call both coasts home. This makes trying to explain the allure of candles a difficult row to plant, indeed.
For most yachting enthusiasts who find their sense of adventure suppressed by mainstream sports like football or world football, the yacht remains a symbol of a privileged class. Just to be sure, that’s it. Few sailors can boast of owning a yacht. It is, and can remain, the domain of those who have the means. But this does not mean that the sport is suddenly banned. On the contrary, if you are healthy and willing to brave the sea, you may find yourself aboard a beautiful ship.
The requirements for a potential sailor are the same for any physically demanding sport. You must have moderate stamina, good strength, and sufficient agility. In addition, you must have a good sense of direction and a leaden stomach. Although I have seen many candidates try out for a shore crew member position, once they are out at sea, they cannot stand the constant rolling of the sea. Certainly, in the right conditions, even the most experienced sailors will feel the wrath of the sea. There is no shame in having to do what the sea forces you to do. But if you are forced to do so while the yacht rental dubai is still in port, woe to you!
Not surprisingly, most yacht charter businesses today have little to do with the sport itself. No, these rental companies cater to a more pampered clientele, and for good reason. When you have a 60-foot yacht at your disposal, outfitted with every imaginable amenity, the last thing you need is a crew of rugged sailors shuffling from stern to stern. No, the sailing that I accept for potential sailors and women is a sport of wood, water and wind.
But dreams of boarding a beautiful 30-foot vessel, complete with three layers of rigging, must be tempered with some grim experience. That is, sink your teeth into the sloops and schooners available to amateur fans. You need to understand the basics of rigging, tying, and before putting your deck shoes on board a racing boat.