Sort order. Jun 24, Kari Ross rated it it was amazing. I loved this book. I read it about two weeks after a big heartbreak and it helped ground me and look forward agai. And no matter the state if mind I started the book, its a quick, heart warming read. I picture Richard Bode scanning the saltwater horizon with his youthful eyes and unintentionally crafting this beautiful elegy over the course of a young lifetime - a spark of insight here, a hastily written idea on a steno pad there - and finally gathering all of these ripe wisdoms, these little wonders of the world, into this simple culmination of a book.
The journey of sailing and learning how to sail is truly such a meaningful metaphor for a fulfilling life. I thank my father, who himself loves sailife. I I picture Richard Bode scanning the saltwater horizon with his youthful eyes and unintentionally crafting this beautiful elegy over the course of a young lifetime - a spark of insight here, a hastily written idea on a steno pad there - and finally gathering all of these ripe wisdoms, these little wonders of the world, into this simple culmination of a book.
Jun 06, S'hi rated it really liked it. A pleasant sojourn while away for a week at an intensive training course. I missed my sailing on both of the Saturdays so this book was my way of making up for it. In some ways I was surprised how much it did.
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While there were a few details about learning aspects of boats and their movement, it was the friendly life advice that I so appreciate that this book also provided. Yet somehow we still need to make mistake A pleasant sojourn while away for a week at an intensive training course. I found my presence was probably adding in some way to tensions in the household. Perhaps not for any direct reason of my own actions, but merely the awareness of a stranger observing the intimacy of life in a young family. But the perspective of time and anecdote helped me reflect on similar moments when my own children were so young.
Having lost his parents while young, Richard Bode lived with an aunt and uncle while spending much of his time finding mentors through the local community based around his interest in water and wind and wave. As one of seven children I certainly do envy him this freedom. I particularly enjoyed the internal perspectives of learning. Sailing is a very new activity for me, and I often find myself contemplating rather than doing.
The commodore of our club is puzzled by my rigging a boat only to stand on the shore in deep thought rather than casting off. My mind takes me too many places for the boat to catch up. Books such as this help remind me of simpler times and ways of being. But they also let me know I was a dreamer then too, so the challenges are probably not that different despite age.
As a boy, Richard Bode is enthralled with the boats that glide through the bay near his home. His first boat is nothing more than a dinghy, which he dutifully rows out of the creek and across the bay, each stroke bringing him closer to harnessing the power of the wind.
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As he learns about sailing, he learns about himself. He describes the lessons he learns while growing up and the sailing masters he meets along the way — the men who guided him at sea and in life. I sympathized with the young boy As a boy, Richard Bode is enthralled with the boats that glide through the bay near his home. I sympathized with the young boy as he watches the blue sloop skimming across the bay, as graceful as a swan. I shared his excitement when the beautiful boat he admired was finally his, and sailed along with him as he recounted a lifetime of adventures.
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And when the older man regretfully said farewell to his beautiful, beloved sloop, it seemed as though I had lost a friend too. Through a simple story about sailing, Mr. Bode shares his reflections on life and living. It is a story about the human experience — one that sailors and landlubbers alike — can appreciate. We believe that we own the world, that it belongs to us, that we have it under our firm control. But the sailor knows all to well the fallacy of this view.
The sailor sits by his tiller, watching and waiting. He knows he isn't sovereign of earth and sky any more than the fish in the sea or the birds in the air. He responds to the subtle shiftings of the wind, the imperceptible ebbings of the tide. He changes course.
He trims his sheets. He sails. Mar 04, Kiki rated it really liked it. As a sailor and one who savors the memories of the past, this book made me smile wistfully at so many points. The lessons one learns on a sailboat are life lessons and cannot be understated. Easy read. Good for those in one of life's many transitions and fans of Long Island's south shore.
Jun 09, Melissa rated it really liked it Shelves: nonfiction , read , spirituality. I really appreciated the author's life lessons and using sailing as a metaphor.
If I knew more about boats I probably would have given this a five. Oct 09, Sherri Brown rated it it was amazing. This is a book that is best enjoyed in short sections. I found that I wanted, even needed, to stop at the end of each chapter to absorb what the author had written. As a sailor, I fully understood his vivid descriptions of learning about the wind, the weather and the water and about becoming one with your boat as well as the minute details about such things as parts of the boat, points of sail and trimming the sails.
I didn't need any time to understand the parts about boating. But I wanted to t This is a book that is best enjoyed in short sections. But I wanted to take the time to savor, reflect on and internalize the simple truths he eloquently brought up: living in the moment, following your passion, slowing down to get your bearings, trusting in powers beyond yourself. Bode made his points, lessons he had wanted all along to share with his children, not didactically but by life experiences and with compassion. Although he occasionally used other people to reveal the traps we all fall into, the mistakes we all make, the misconceptions we all might hold, more often than not he gently reveals how, in sailing, he made mistakes himself, learned from them and then applied them--either in his youth or later in life--to basic tenets for living a good life.
This book is inspiring and it is a gift of wisdom in an unassuming form. Jan 30, Kristi rated it really liked it. Excellent, inspiring read. After several of my friends recommended this book, I finally read it and glad that I did. I just recently moved aboard our sailboat, so I enjoy reading anything about sailing. Bode's book isn't just about sailing though, and really, it's more about navigating through the sea of life.
Bode takes us on a journey of his early years aboard his little blue sloop and shares the life lessons it taught him. Dec 12, Sara floerke rated it it was ok. Seemed like a great concept, but our group agreed that we never really got to know the author very well. It's autobiographical, yet, he never really opened up. Part of the postscript is that his children really like the book because they never really got to know him.
Even reading his book didn't really help me get to know him. The metaphor was inviting, but it just never caught any wind. Aug 16, Heidi Eckman rated it it was amazing. Fantastic book! One of my favs! Dec 22, Jordyn rated it it was amazing. SO cute. Fun little life lessons and just a fun read.
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Oct 09, Jillian Owens rated it it was amazing. Jul 21, Heather Rosenkoetter rated it really liked it. This is a terrific read, especially if you envision setting off on a journey by boat. Highly recommended. By Midshipman -. Finally, a book worth reading! The writer's ease and simplicity carried me along this boating journey.
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