Yesterday, we had our final eventful day of sailing at the Lahaina Yacht Club. In the beginning, the energy was certainly full of cheer and joy. We took the Bics out into the wide ocean and sailed far out by the catamarans and trimarans. Calm were the conditions until a slight breeze of wind appeared which was when the sailing actually started. We raced around the huge boats and we were told that they had not taken a group out that far. As we were ending lunch we presented our burgee thank you cards to the staff and volunteers. I could see that they admired the creativity of our thank you cards. After lunch, we were fortunate enough to be given the freedom to sail without restrictions for our last time. I was humored as I realize what we had chosen to do with the precious time. Overall, as I reflect upon my sailing experience, I am very grateful for the oppurtunity to spend the time as a class doing something that our teacher has a passion for.
Today was our second trip to the Lahaina Yacht Club. All I can say is that today was almost a complete nightmare. The conditions were greatly tougher and wreaked havoc in my subconscious mind. I definitely learned a great deal. First NEVER go straight into the wind ( which I am completely attracted to), stay on the high end of the boat (if not you will tip, which I experienced quite well), and when the sailing boat is unbalanced and is about to tip let so of the main sheet for it will slow the boat and give it less of a force. In the beginning, I thought it could not be any worse. Until I started to understand more about the whole adventure. Once you actually feel and catch the wind on your face and you have the control over the boat, it is like you are just floating above the ocean on an endless path. My goal over the continuous journey through the art of sailing is to be able to be confident and understand what I am doing.