Our Facebook page is a spot for sailors to interact with each other and engage in conversation about the thing we love most. Sailing!
So, we asked why you love sailing and the results all followed a similar theme. Take a look and share your thoughts with us on Social Media.
An ASA instructor from LTD Sailing in Grenada explained her love of sailing in possibly the best way ever:
“For me, sailing is more than just a past time, it’s a way of life. It’s freedom, it’s adventure, it’s exploration and travel, it’s being more in tune with nature, your environment and the impact you have upon it, it’s peace and quiet – wind, waves, sunsets, sunrises and stars, along with all the amazing creatures that live above and below the surface, it’s also an intense challenge and an indescribable feeling when you overcome your fears and realize you are capable of more than you ever thought possible, it’s a whole new world of friends, like-minded people from completely different walks of life that understand you in a way even your closest friends and family do not, it’s being master of your own little floating universe – ultimate independence and therefore ultimate responsibility falls on you, and lastly for me personally, it’s the closest I’ve ever felt to God and am in complete awe of His awesome power and amazing creation.” – Jenni Hellpap, LTD Sailing
Why People Love To Sail (From our Facebook Page)
Michael Franclemont “I love the moment the engines are cut and the boat is completely under sail, the feeling of oneness with the wind, oneness with nature.”
Boa Smith “This is how I waste my money. Some people drink, some collect stamps. Me. I sail.”
Eric Vasquez “It’s not just a keel and a hull and a deck and sails, that’s what a ship needs but what a ship is… what the Black Pearl really is… is freedom.” – Captain Jack Sparrow
Rachael Ropel Herrenbruck “Sailing takes me away to where I’ve always heard it could be. Just a dream and the wind to carry me. And soon I will be free.”
Patricia Oemig “You cut the engine, turn the rudder, and the sails fill, you feel the power up…the lift of the boat as the sail and keel slice through wind and water. All my senses are alert to every movement and sound, looking for what’s ahead. I’m alive!!!”
“It’s my happy place.”
David Hastie “It’s the ability to harness the wind and travel to wonderful destinations to have fun and do interesting things. Travel the world… with man’s FIRST wings…”
Kent Heinrich “When I’m on the tiller is the interaction of the wind, sail and resistance of the keel and rudder to move, when I’m below its the sound of the water on the hull and the creaks and sounds of my vessel.”
Pamela Sherman Brown “A full sail = a full life”
Why Do We Love Sailing and the Sailing Lifestyle?
At ASA we understand that we are stewards for the sea. It is our responsibility to do our best to promote healthy oceans and environmental awareness. We love to sail because we love the water and with that comes the duty to make sure that we protect our waterways. Our Plastic Pollution Purge campaign aims to increase awareness about single-use plastics and the harm they have on our oceans.
We love the wind in our hair, the feeling of solitude when out on the ocean and the rush of adrenaline when lining up for a race and at the American Sailing Association we get to share the love of sailing with people every single day. Introducing this lifestyle to others is one of our greatest loves.
Of course, having an excuse to listen to Jimmy Buffet non-stop is also a huge reason we sail.