Before California, I was really not an avid athlete. There were times that I would go running and then not run at all for a month! When I came to California, I had nothing to do most of the time since I did not work, and so my husband decided to get me to sail.
The very first time that we went for sailing together was in Israel. He told me that it was easy but when we got on the boat and he asked me to pull a line, I couldn’t even get anything to move. Next moment, we were going back.
After this incident, he sent me to an Opening Day in a sailing club in Berkeley. It was pretty fun until I felt into the water. I was so angry that the instructor had let me fall in the water that we waited a little bit until my next time on a boat. My loved one decided to personally take up the role of instructing me and so we took a dinghy at the Santa Cruz Boating Center. He was doing everything, but at one point, there was no wind, and somebody from the center came to help. We asked her if she could tow us further to catch some wind. We tied our boat to her motor boat but when she sped off the mast fell down. We were both shocked but I stayed calm since the situation was under control: my husband caught the mast in time and had it on his shoulder the entire way.
You must think that after those scary experiences my sailing career had come to an end even before it had began but it was actually just the beginning!
I finally enrolled into sailing lessons and we settled for Santa Cruz boating center, which had fair prices. Their staff were also very patient and competent.
My husband was a little bit disappointed that I did not continue sailing after this training but I wanted to prove to him that the training had not gone to waste. I suggested that he and I go sailing together for him to see it for himself. And so, I went on my first race though I probably should have taken the intermediary classes beforehand. We did not win the race but I won the respect of my husband!
He told me that I had the talent and that sailing seemed pretty natural to me. This meant that I was not so bad. Since then, I have only gone sailing with him and now that we have our own boat, he is training me to be a skipper.
This is just a short video on my journey as a fresh and still learning skipper (yes there is still a lot of work to do but we are hopeful that I will get there)