Why sailing?

“There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
– Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

Why sailing? Well, this is why, of course….

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And this….

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Idyllic views aside, some of the benefits of sailing are very obvious – the fresh air, the physical activity, communing with – and pitting yourself against – Mother Nature….

And yet sailing also offers a whole host of “transferable skills” – to coin the jargon – which make it an excellent way of developing abilities that will stand you in good stead in all sorts of walks of life.

“If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs…”
– Rudyard Kipling, If…

Whether you want to hone your individual qualities or you are an existing team that wants to work together better, the skills that sailing can teach you are invaluable, including:

  • Team work
  • The ability to give and receive instructions
  • Resilience under pressure
  • Timing/coordination
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Tidiness!
  • Frugality
  • Initiative
  • Observation skills
  • Independent thought
  • Self-reliance
  • Problem-solving
  • Efficiency
  • “Concise” living
  • and many many more

In the hectic 21st century, we all tend to spend far too much time rushing to meet deadlines and other forms of clock-watching. Sailing is the perfect counterpoint, a way to slow down, whilst also offering what has been described as “the best management training of my life”. So why not rediscover life in the slow lane?