SET SAIL with LIFE’S WIND TOSSED HAIR.  This morning, one of my friends posted the quote and my mind went crazy with the symbolism of sailing after responding with this simple phrase, “no wonder I have wind tossed hair.” I found this article explaining some basic instructions and thought it would be interesting to add how this can be applied to LIFE. You can find my FOR LIFE comments behind each one of the basic tips found in the article. I hope you see the connection as I did. The article is sourced below if you are interested in sailing and want to read it in its original format.

New to sailing? Let us help you master the basics with these handy sailing tips and instructions for beginners. You can also read our sailboat buying guide and watch videos on sailing, plus compare sailboat brands to find the right one for you. Both novice and experienced sailors alike can benefit from a quick review of these beginner sailing basics!

Choose calm, uncrowded waters If you’re just starting to master sailing basics and learn how to sail, then one of the most important beginner sailing tips to remember is to practice in ideal conditions of light winds and low traffic.  
FOR LIFE, choose a calm life without so many interferences and distractions.

Choose a small boat to learn how to sail It’s easier to learn how to sail with fewer lines and sails. A small dinghy will be more responsive and easier to maneuver, and is also perfect for practicing test capsizes in (see tip #7 below). 
FOR LIFE, don’t take on a large amount of debt but practice staying in your comfortable zone.

Begin on a boat rigged with one sail Similar to the above, beginning on a boat that’s rigged with just one sail will make learning sailing basics easier and less complicated. 
FOR LIFE, choose one partner and stick with this one for life if at all possible.

Follow sailing basics for safety There are certain sailing basics for safe boating that should go without saying, no matter what your level of expertise. These include always telling someone before you go out on the water, always bringing a floatation device and knowing in advance how to swim. For additional information, please see our safe boating pages. 
FOR LIFE, protect your relationship by playing it safe with faithfulness and loyalty.

Research tide, wind and weather conditions. Check the weather forecast so you can be prepared for whatever the weather might bring. Be sure to bring along adequate provisions, clothing and basic weather gear as needed. Boating and sailing basics means always being prepared. 
FOR LIFE, there will be rough times, hard times, and your hair and life will be wind tossed.

Become familiar with sail control The best sailors are the ones who are able to adjust sail settings to take the best advantage of different wind and water conditions. In general, sails should be relatively flat when the wind is either very light or very strong, and full when there is a moderate wind. 
FOR LIFE, insure peaceful home environment control your emotions with patience and kindness.

Capsize on purpose. This may seem like one of the oddest beginner sailing tips we could suggest, but it’s better to practice how to handle a capsized sailboat within a controlled environment, as opposed to an uncontrolled one. We learn best from experience, and the valuable sailing basics you’ll pick up from going through a test-capsize in a small dinghy will serve you well in the event of a real-life one. 
FOR LIFE,  find the purpose in life by prioritizing family, faith, career, and hobbies with consideration for others.

Respect the boom Some of the most common sailing injuries are a result of not being aware when the boom is about to swing. To avoid a bump to the head, or even worse, being knocked overboard, one of the most important beginner sailing tips to always remember for both passengers and crew is to be conscious and respectful of the boom at all times.
FOR LIFE,  respect dangerous situations and act appropriately by consciously making good choices.

Learn basic sailing terms. Before you venture out on your first trip, be sure to acquaint yourself with basic sailing terms. Make sure you know the difference between port, starboard, and other important concepts. 
FOR LIFE, learn how to communicate on a positive, respectful level with others and listen better.

Practice makes perfect. Don’t try to teach yourself all the sailing basics. Invest in a good sailing course, research guides and books, and learn from friends with experience.
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FOR LIFE, practice does make perfect and if you make a mistake or many mistakes, realize apologies show strength, not weakness.

http://www.discoverboating.com/resources/article.aspx?id=244   There is so much to love, and learn, about boating. That’s why we created this library of articles, videos and blog posts to help you throughout your adventures.

Note from Arline Miller: I see a life lesson in almost everything I do and I enjoy relating those everyday events into building character or living life to the fullest. 

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Author: sippingcupsofinspiration

A blogger since 2012, a published author of three Five Star romance novels, A MISTRESS, A WIFE and TELL ME LIES; LOVE ME STILL and RIDDLE ME THIS, LOVE OR BLISS. Still a small town girl with a lot of experience of people watching. Ten years of blogging experience.


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