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Updated: 04/24/2014 10:48:05AM

Get schooled Set your sights on summer sailing

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By Peter Welch

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Sailing is a great way to relax and commune with nature, or to be in athletic competition that demands 100 percent of your mental and physical concentration. It can be enjoyed economically beyond age 70. It is a collegiate, Olympic, and professional endeavor. There is equal opportunity for boys and girls in the world of sailing. And Charlotte Harbor is one of the easiest and best places to learn and nurture the skill. Any youthful person from age 6 to 60 has an equal chance to progress rapidly in sailing skills. The key is fun and accurate instruction and the desire to be attuned to wind and the boats reaction to it.

You could learn from a friend or parent. Dad started my instruction at about age 6. He sailed for relaxation and was safety conscious. His key training element was to enforce awareness of wind direction by feel on the skin. If the wind “feel” rotated from cheek to ear to back of the head the sail could whip around and hit your head. That might have been all I learned? Some 30 years later I told my wife I could sail. We bought a used little day sailor and I demonstrated how little I knew. You and your family deserve proven and standardized training!

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