Captain's log: Initial entry-11:21:2015
Welcome to The Curious sailor! If you've come this far, you are most likely interested in sailing for one reason or other. Or maybe you landed here accidentally by clicking on the wrong link and said to yourself, " Hmm, what's this blog about?" What ever the reason, your'e here now so stay for awhile...Welcome Aboard!
This blog is about Sailing! Sailing from the perspective of someone who knows almost nothing on the subject but finds himself drawn to the mystique for reasons unbeknownst. In fact, I have yet to step foot on a sailboat underway, I continue to struggle with the terminology and have trouble identifying the different types of sailboats but I have somehow convinced myself that I should start a blog... and it should be about sailing!
Now, I know if you did not land here by accident, you took the time to enter the specific search words that you expected would take you to a page that would offer valuable information. You were probably looking for a site that would provide great insights, tips and tricks, hard to find information, expansive technical knowledge and pictures. All provided by someone who has years of unsurpassed knowledge and experience. More so, willing to share it all with the entire World Wide Web... Free even!
Umm, yeah. No, I'm not quite there yet...
I suppose it's possible that after reading this far (with an indignant eye roll and a sigh of frustration) you have either clicked away to another site or you are still here. In either case, the eye roll and sigh might still apply. If you are still with me it's most likely out of raw curiosity -the kind that overpowers your ability to look away when driving slowly past a car wreck - Maybe you're shaking your head in dismay and saying to yourself, "Why would this guy start a blog about a topic he knows nothing about? Who does that...?"
Well, umm... I guess I do.... and I'll tell you why.
I have been diagnosed with APS. Autodidact Personality Syndrome and there is no cure!
It's ok, no need to gasp or feel guilty about thinking I was an idiot for starting a blog without any real knowledge of the blog topic that I was writing about... Stop... you already thought it... it's OK.
The term autodidact is defined by Merriam-Webster as " A self taught person".
I have accomplished many things over the course of my life and plan to accomplish many more -sailing being one of them- I have learned over time that the only way to truly become the "person" with years of unsurpassed expertise, is to simply start something at any knowledge level and learn as you go... Jump right in with no fear and above all, have fun doing it!
I know, this is often believed to be easier said than done but you have to look at it this way. There is nothing documented in history as to the very first sailboat. Yes, historians have estimated it back to 3400 BC on the Nile river in ancient Egypt however, no one really knows who the very first sailor was. I mean think about it, there had to be that very first sailor to sail the very first sailboat!
So knowing this, I can tell you with certainty -whether it's historically documented or not- the very first sailor who sailed the very first sailboat....had not one clue as to what the hell he was doing! However, immediately following his first voyage, that sailor -for that moment- was the single most experienced sailor in the entire world. You see where I'm going with this? We all have the ability to do absolutely anything we want and the only one that can stand in our way is ourselves.
So, I guess to sum it all up I am embarking on a new experience and inviting you to join me along the way. The trip plan for this blog will consist of a sailboat purchase, restoration, and first sail to a destination yet to be determined. I will document all of my challenges, failures and triumphs as we go and hopefully you will in someway benefit from these experiences or at least be entertained along the way. Be patient with me, I know nothing about blogging either. (Figured we should just get it all out on the table now)
Lao Tzu is attributed with the saying, " The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step". This blog is the first step to a journey into a world unknown and perhaps the perfect venue for the salted and unsalted to come together and share experiences, thoughts and ideas. Dreams and aspirations....
The Curious Sailor