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. With the recent and heated debates circulating the sailing world about youth sailing, I felt sharing what sailing has done for me would bring some grassroots perspective back into the conversation. Simply put, it becomes impossible to ignore the inherent value in growing up as a sailor when you can take time to account for the valuable things sailing teaches us. To kick off the series, it is important to discuss the foundation through which each rule grows from.