In Conclusion

At the start of this chapter I pointed out that the wind is invisible to the naked eye, and indeed it is. But it is, however, no longer invisible to the mind's eye, and as a sailor, especially if you are responsible for trimming the sails, being able to "see" the wind will make your job that much easier and that much more enjoyable. Sailors are a unique and individual bunch, probably more so than any group of people. It's what sets us apart and has us interested in a pursuit that is as much mental exercise as it is physical exercise. Sailing is a sport that you either love or dislike - there seems to be very little middle ground. I love it. It has provided me with a living for two and a half decades and is likely to continue to do so. It has also taken me many places I never thought I would go. I have seen remote islands deep in the Southern Ocean and anchored in picture- perfect inlets in the Tropics. I have seen waves crashing over the fore-deck in a hurricane and been witness to a spectacular sunset on a sparkling sea

Photo by Roy Riley, Marinepics.

Photo by Roy Riley, Marinepics.

The Around Alone fleet steams out of in the middle of an ocean while sailing all alone. I hope that you have learned Torbay, England, heading for South a few new things by reading this book, and I hope that it makes you a better

Africa. sailor, and by extension, a better seaman. Now is the time to cast the lines ashore and set sail for the distant horizon. As Mark Twain once said, "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the Trade Winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

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