Wednesday, August 25, 2010
When you live in one of the best places on earth for sailing (Rhode Island) it is all too easy to get into a rut when choosing where to sail. Why would I travel more than 20-30 minutes from home when there are so many delightful locations to sail right on my doorstep?
The issue exists at several levels -- local, regional, national and global...
There are several excellent places to launch my Laser for a solo practice session within a 20 minute drive that I sometimes overlook the fact that there are other superb spots that are perhaps an hour's drive away.
There are plenty of regattas that I can sail every year and sleep in my own bed every night, that sometimes I don't feel like booking a stay in a motel or hotel and driving to sail a regatta in Vermont or Maine or even on Cape Cod.
There are so many Laser regattas in New England that I sometimes ask myself why I should bother to drive to South Carolina or fly to California to race in a major regatta. My blogging friend O Docker tried to put me straight on this point today with his post Ten Reasons in which he tried to tempt me to sail in San Francisco Bay next year.
And with so, so many wonderful opportunities to sail in North America, why would anyone even consider flying to Europe or Australia to go Laser racing? I have done. I will again. Am I crazy?
I am basically a lazy person. I could easily get into a rut in my choice of sailing locales. The beauty of sailing a Laser is that I don't need to stay in my rut. I can haul my Laser anywhere that I can drive that has a beach or a ramp and launch my boat. I can race Lasers all over this continent if I so choose. And I can travel to international regattas even further afield when the mood takes me.
I must make sure I don't get into a rut. Please help me. Please emulate esteemed blogger O Docker and write a post listing some reasons as to why I should consider coming and sailing in your favorite sailing location. If you don't have your own blog then feel free to email me your list and I will post it here. Don't let me stay in the rut.
Posted by Tillerman at 11:02 AM