No matter your age, sailing is a great way to be independent, relax and enjoy the water.
"Anyone can learn to sail. It just takes a little time, some people longer than others, but everyone can do it. It's not that hard," says sailing instruction Peter Strong.
With years of experience and many sailing competitions under his belt, Peter is teaching kids the technique of gliding quietly through the water.
In fact, 10-year-old Katie spent the weekend showing others how to sail. Her and her older siblings, Ethan and Rachel, can tell you where to sit...
"The little one needs to sit in the front, and the bigger one needs to sit in the back," Katie explains.
... And all the parts.
"This is the boom, and these are the sail ties that hold the sail against the boom, and then this is the mast," says 12-year-old Ethan.
Ethan demonstrated for me, on land, how he moves from one side of the boat to the other.
"You don't want to be on the same side as the boom or you'll flip over. So, you go to this side to hold the boat down. And when it's really windy, you have to hike out like this."
Ethan than showed me how it all worked in the water. He and his fellow sailors sail competitively like their instructor, Peter, who is teaching them the skills so they can do their best in competitions.
Rachel asks, "You said do a monkey in the middle. What's a monkey in the middle?"
Peter explains, "It takes two boats. The one in first and third will be on the same team, and the one in the middle's on an opposite team. The first boat has to get their teammate to be the first boat. So, you want to be one, two, and the monkey will be in third."
But with sailing, you can always go at your own leisure... You don't even need to own your own boat.
"They just have to put it away, clean it up, and it's there at the dock when they show up the next day. If you've ever been around boats, you know it takes a lot to keep them working. That's the part we do."
So, whether you're looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city life or you want to see how quickly and tightly you can maneuver around the buoys, sailing is a great way to enjoy sunny South Florida year round.
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