There was an ad for single sailors, meaning you weren’t part of crew or team. I answered the ad and wound up helping people rig their boats and they would take you out sailing. A gentleman by the name of Dan Goldberg taught me about sailing. He was physically challenged, being a dwarf, but you forget about that once you got into the sailing. About a year after I answered the ad, one of his crew quit and I became a regular on his boat.
He was graduating from college and invited Patti down to see Savannah. Sailing forces you to communicate clearly with your mate, she said. lso, sometimes you have to know when to give up your own ideas of how something should be done, and follow your mate’s suggestions. It is maritime tradition that the skipper makes the final decisions. You have to develop the ability to communicate without talking something to death. There are phenomenons that happen in sailboat racing that can’t be controlled by humans. The worst thing that can and has happened to me while sailing is to be doing really well, being far out in front, and then the wind completely dies.
However, Building Inspections Sydney comes around again, so you don’t worry about it. Patti gave up sailing for two years when she was in graduate school, and Tom sailed with other enthusiast. You learn how much you really depend on your partner, when she isn’t around, he said. For example, the first time I took the boat out when Patti wasn’t sailing, I forgot to put the plug in. The sails are probably the most expensive item, cost from $1,300 to $1,500. Last year, the Lawtons went to Pensacola, Fla. and competed in the national championships as a husband and wife team.
Tom placed second in district competition last year with local dentist Tom Cannon crewing for him. This year the Lake Norman Yacht Club is hosting the national sailboat championship the third week in July. He will cover North and South Carolina and parts of Tennessee in representing sailing enthusiasts.