Earlier this week, Teen Challenge joined us for a day of sailing. Teen Challenge is a faith based, Christ centered rehabilitation program for adult men who struggle with substance abuse. Captain Jeff Bowen led our afternoon excursion. Capt. Jeff is an awesome teacher and provides plenty of opportunities for hands on learning. After a safety rundown, we cast off the lines. With a little guidance, one of our crewmen, Tim, took the helm and we were on our way. Some of the men had never been sailing and it appeared to be a nice change of pace for these gentlemen. Another gentleman, Rick was a yacht engineer for several years. He took to the Ericson 28 like a natural. It was fun to see each guy take his turn at the helm. I especially enjoyed expanding my Spanish vocabulary. While speaking with Jose, from El Salvador, I was able to practice speaking in Spanish and expand my nautical vocabulary. While attempting to ask Jose if he knew how to tie a bowline knot, I was impressed that he tied a bowline before I could finish forming my question. I am pretty sure he could beat me if we had a timed race. Maybe I will start practicing more often with the goal of matching Jose’s record.
All the guys have different strengths and talents. These became evident throughout our time together. I love the team aspect of sailing and it is a great environment to see how we can function as one unit by teaming up with others whose strengths differ from one another.
It was a leisurely day on the bay. The wind gently greeted us which made for a slow and relaxing sail.