Hi! It’s been a while, I know. I spent the past couple of months focusing on my Instagram solely, so if you follow me on there, you probably have seen everything I have been up to. Our racing season has started off very well. Aside from foredeck, I have also spent a lot of time as a headsail trimmer, which has been an awesome experience. Republic is doing great after her early retirement last season. She is sailing better than ever.
I’ve slowly been trying to transition Morning Glory over to a sailing blog primarily, as well as work portfolio. I will admit it is a little bit intimidating, especially since most of the sailing blogs I follow come from liveaboard sailors doing exciting things on their boats even when not sailing. I have also been trying to step up my game this year as far as my photography. I bought a drone, which I have only been able to use once this season so far due to it not being able to be flown in heavy winds. Even then, I chickened out mid-flight and brought it back to the boat after about 30 seconds in the air. I guess I am still plagued with the anxiety of dropping it into Lake Erie. Another thing I am trying my hand at this season is video! Last season, the one thing I regretted was not having any photos or footage of myself sailing. I may know my way around Lightroom, but video editing is completely new to me. Below, I embedded my first YouTube video! Hopefully they will get better and longer with time.
While on the topic of getting comfortable with ‘new things,’ one thing I have been struggling with is the term sailor. I am still relatively new to sailing, and while I know so much more this year than I did last, I still struggle with whether or not I should be calling myself a sailor. I’m certainly no expert, I still have much to learn. I am the type of person who struggles with feeling confident. I tend to doubt myself a lot, and I am certainly my own worst critic. In the past two years, even during the winter months when the boats are hibernating, I still eat, sleep, and breathe sailing and the water. But is it OK for me to really call myself a sailor yet? Does passion matter as much as years of experience? These are the questions I am still trying to find the answers to. I am proud of my progress, but my question to other newish-sailors out there would be, when did you feel confident enough to call yourself a sailor?