SAILING ISN’T A SPORT
Published on August 18th, 2012
By Nicholas Hayes, author
Look it up. According to my dictionary, a sport is “an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.” And while many sailors I know will say that they enjoy racing sailboats, sailing is so much more than just a lowly sport.
When was the last time you saw tennis played in a pelting, thundering rain squall? Sailors do it all the time.
When was the last time a basketball player studied emergency and rescue procedures to keep fellow teammates safe and secure?
When was the last time you saw soccer players standing by quietly for hours and sometimes days, waiting for Mother Nature to join the game?
When was the last time you saw a hockey player invite grandma onto the ice?
When was the last time you saw a quarterback use a star to navigate, the moon to light the field, or pause to gaze upon the aurora borealis during a game?
When was the last time you saw a sprinter stay on the field for hours and hours after the race just to be on the field?
And when was the last time you heard any of these sportspeople say that they would sail to the very end? Sailors do it all the time.
No, sailing isn’t a sport. Sport should be so lucky.