I don’t have much of a social outlet for the pursuit of this crazy hobby, but yesterday, I visited the ever so enchanting boatyard, where a whole new world opened up before me. My photographer is a long time, avid boater. He loves the water, just like me I suppose. I guess I can say hes a water baby too. Of course I knew this but only recently did we decide...or rather...got the opportunity, to shoot in the boatyard amongst the sailboats. He is planning to sail sometime next year, so we had lots of real-life plans to talk about. Additionally, he's a practical and creative fellow so we reviewed some of the plans for his boat and compared his progress in teak and paint. Oh! memories of my fun times building my paper boats at the age of ten came flooding back into my consciousness.
It was quite interesting to explore the rich colour of every sailboat, but none quite as colorful as yours truly. I was excited by the rhythms, patterns and shapes of the boats out of water as well as the masts against the sky. Each boat is endlessly fascinating particularly their varying sizes and colors. I thoroughly love the textures of ropes and chains against the elegantly curved lines of the boats. It was also quite interesting to see how the sailboats are placed into the water for sailing.
There really is nothing like the feeling of becoming the master of your own boat. I cannot relate but hey, skippering a boat is a great achievement in my book and even though the boatyard is a casual setting, I learnt so much at there in one day. The salty sailing terminology, practicing clear communication, the various types of boats and how they work, sailing equipments and the like. It was as though I had read all the great books about sailing adventures. Moby-Dick namely.
Sailing definitely has its own culture.
With random thoughts doing their own sailing in my mind, I concluded that a sailing trip is perhaps one of the best bonding experiences ever. Especially since sailors and cruisers are such a close-knit bunch. They share the good times, and help each other out in times of need. As much as I enjoy the company of others. I really appreciate being alone. Solitude. Something the boatyard and by extension, sailing, exhibits quite too well. I think sailing is one of the few ways left to truly disconnect from the pace of life for a little while and let your mind wander in the relative peace and quiet of the wind and waves. Leave the noise, confusion, and stress of the world behind for a few hours, a few days, or a few weeks, or even a few months and experience the freedom of solitude.
One of the better aspects of sailing is none other than...
YES! The tropical islands.
Living on a tropical island has its perks! You know exactly what I'm talking about. Shout out to The BVIs, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Martin and the Antilles, Barbados, Grenada, St. Lucia, Jamaica and of course my homeland: Trinidad and Tobago! This is a list that could go on and on! Bottom line is that beaches, warm water, snorkeling, and tropical drinks go hand-in-hand with boats and sailing.
The world of sailing and sailboats are so fascinating. They are some of the most important inventions in human history, and have been pivotal in migration, trade, warfare, and enjoyment. Today, I focus on the latter through a pictorial documentation on my blog :)
I'd say the aspect I love most about boats and sailing is the never-ending search for the next adventure. 'Nuff said.
Oh well...this brings me to the end of today's post. See you guys on my next adventure!