The Romans once had a saying, “navigare necesse est”, which means “It’s necessary to sail”. What they understood perfectly well: The act of sailing is more than just a fun pastime. It’s on a boat that you learn who you really are.
For me, the lessons start at the pier. Some handshakes and a few stiff introductions later, I’m boarding a Mooring 51.4 with five strangers, all of whom know one another, but not me or my boyfriend. Boarding the boat takes me a minute as I clumsily swing my legs from the dock over the railing closing my hands around anything I can reach (including, unfortunately for them, my boat mates). My legs, wobbly and unsure, will take days to acclimate to the water’s rhythm, so for now, I stumble around like I’m drunk.