I sail, mostly at Community Boating (CBI) on the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts. I’ve sailed there — not every year, but on and off — over 15 years now. I learned to sail on small lakes in the midwest. We don’t have an ocean there. Shortly after I moved to Boston though, I saw the all the little white boats sailing on the Charles basin and thought, I know how to do that! I learned that Community Boating was affordable and open to all and I joined right away.
I learned to sail as a teen on a Barnett Butterfly, then somewhat later in life I sailed a Nacra 5.0 for a time. I was fascinated by sailing even before my teens though. Last year while sharing stories with friends at CBI, I recovered a memory of attempting to sail as a young child, on my air mattress in the public pool, holding up my towel to serve as a sail.