Abby Freeman, a sophomore at Ohio University, enjoys long car rides to regattas and lots of high-paced crew work. Through her blog she shares her experiences and lessons learned as she ventures into new classes and life changes. Read full bio
Learning to stay upright in any conditions is the second life lesson college sailor Abby Freeman discovered through the sport of sailing.
Following the Corinthian Spirit, the second invaluable lesson my father taught me through the sport of sailing is to keep your mast pointed to the sky. This seems like a simple concept to grasp, unless you learned to race on a full rig Laser while only weighing 100 pounds as I did. As you might imagine, “keep your mast pointed to the sky” was a line I heard regularly.
College sailor Abby Freeman shares her perspective on the value of growing up as a sailor and lessons she's learned along the way.
One of the greatest gifts my father ever gave his children was a passion for sailing, and, like many other families within the sport, it permeates our lives more than we realize. My father was never shy about using lessons learned on the racecourse when teaching us lessons in life. As a gift for him, my older sister, LeeAnn, recently compiled these lessons in a small spiral-bound book titled The Sailing Rules of Life.