Editorial November 2009 Issue

Six Things Worth Giving Thanks For

Of all the lessons the sea can teach, one of the greatest is humility. For going to sea is an act of submission, exposing ourselves to the mercy of the wind and waves with the hope that we and our boat are worthy. In truth, we are never fully prepared, so going to sea also involves a leap of faith, a belief that a greater force or plain dumb luck will make up for our shortcomings. Though Iím sure one exists, Iíve yet to meet a sailor who isnít guided by a sense of humility. Some more readily admit their faults, but all Iíve known are quick to downplay their achievements and give due credit to others. It was this thought, and the coming feast of Thanksgiving, that prompted my reflection upon all that sailors have to be thankful for. Itís easy enough to forget our blessings on a tradewind passageówith the log ticking off the miles, and cloud streets stretching above usóbut when the black frontal line rolls in, we can still draw comfort from small things that make the sailing life grand. The exercise also gave me an opportunity to map out the course ahead for Practical Sailor, as we launch into our 36th year of publication.

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