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Why Sailing is the Best Way of Travelling?

Being moved by the wind.

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Sailing is travelling by ship, using the wind to move forwards. In the olden days far lands were discovered by sailing. Christopher Columbus discovered America by sailing across the Atlantic Ocean. Sailing today happens mostly by yachts and catamarans.

I and my family have now been sailing for over 2 years. Before, I didn’t have any knowledge about sailing. Now I know a lot more and I can tell you why it’s the best way of travelling.

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I can’t control the wind, but I can adjust the sail. — Ricky Skaggs

In sailing, just as in life, the journey is more important than the destination. You can plan your trip to the last detail, but the wind will make the final decision. If you can’t go where you want to, you will have to choose a different place. This isn’t always an unpleasant thing because you will discover a place you wouldn’t ever go to. The beauty of sailing is relaxing and letting the wind make decisions.

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Change is coming, whether you like it or not. — Greta Thunberg

97% of scientists agree that climate change is a problem. That’s why we must all act. Flying, driving is not good for the environment, but sailing is a bit (sometimes a lot) better. After all, why did Greta Thunberg sail across the Atlantic Ocean, not fly? Sailing is one of the climate-friendlier ways of travelling because the boat mostly uses wind to move forwards. It is shocking to me how wind can move a 15-ton boat forwards.

When sailing, space is a big issue onboard. That’s why a lot of sailors buy food without the packaging as it takes up less space.

The average sailor uses less water than the average human on land (sometimes even 35 times less). It’s because the boat can only fit a certain amount of water in its tanks, because of that, water is rationed when sailing.

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You learn something every day if you pay attention. — Ray LeBlond

Have you ever seen a movie where rich people sail? Yeah, it’s not realistic for us normal sailors. There aren’t butlers, there isn’t a lot of sunbathing either, but there is a lot of learning. On the boat, there are a lot of jobs to do — hoisting the sails, changing the sails, cooking, cleaning. Sailing is an amazing opportunity to learn all these things because onboard you have no way out of doing them.

To learn how to sail you need to have some basic knowledge of physics. If you don’t, then you’ll learn them. Discipline is REALLY important onboard, you have to listen to the captain. If there would be no discipline, the ship couldn’t leave port because everyone would argue that they know best. When sailing, you come across a lot of situations that you can’t learn theoretically. You have to start thinking logically, critically and make decisions fast to avoid accidents.

Sailing is an amazing opportunity to learn how to communicate, help others, think critically and logically. When you are in the middle of the sea, you will learn more about yourself and others because they’ll show their real colours.

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Sailing, of course, has its fair share of minor accidents, hard moments and fights. But when you see the sunset over the sea, you know that it’s worth it.

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. — Jacques Yves Cousteau




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