THE POWER OF THE LIST
How do you like to relax and de-stress? If you were asked this it’s unlikely you’d say that what you really love is a bit of hobby project management or a logistics exercise on the side.
But if you own or run a boat, then the chances are you do, and that’s exactly what you’re doing in some of your free time.
A two-week holiday, a Biscay crossing or an ocean passage all require large amounts of planning and preparation. Big races such as the Rolex Fastnet Race, which sold out this year in minutes, involve a season-long commitment and months of detailed advanced planning; many rallies likewise.
These events’ demands for safety equipment and sea survival training don’t deter people
– far from it, this underscores the scale of the achievement. The planning and anticipation is part of a team effort, undertaken in pursuit of a common goal.
Does this provide us with a telling lesson in stress management? I think so. You may consider your dream of sailing a free-spirited vision of the open ocean, wind in the hair, a quiet anchorage, no cares in the world. But admit it: you also enjoy the process of choosing a boat, buying it, upgrading it, planning a voyage…
Most sailors I know love a goal, a place to aim for. The unspoken secret elixir of sailing is the The Jobs List.