Digesting the Experience

6.18.12 – Now that Sailing Arabia  The Tour is over, I’ve returned to my life in California where I’ve finally had a few moments to reflect on the experience that I shared with crew of Al Thurya Bank Muscat during the time I spent in Oman and the Middle East.

During the months of training leading up to the competition, the Omani women were exposed to an environment, which tested their stamina and their ability to cope with rough and changeable seas.  In addition, these women faced the challenge of training against two teams of Omani men in Mussanah.  I still remember a somewhat distinct and feeling of separateness as the training races got underway.  There were many who doubted the strength and endurance of the Omani women.  But as time went on, and the women proved that they could handle the rigor, this feeling dissipated.  Eventually, I saw the Omani men and Omani women together on the dock discussing boats and sailing tactics using classic “hand karate”  (where the story is retold using your hands as boats), and it was a beautiful moment.  From a sailor’s perspective, it looked like friendly competitors, bonded by a shared experience on the water, simply telling sea stories.

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