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84. THE ART OF SAILING

My trip to Great Britain and back home to France recently (March 2007) got me thinking of the differences between English and French people. A saying goes that a Englishman's pleasure is doing business and a Frenchman's business is taking pleasure. Too true. An English person doesn't seem to do anything unless there's money in it. A French person doesn't seem to do anything unless there's pleasure in it.

For example, sailing. I read from Zen's sailing blog how he got his licence to be a Coastal Cruising Instructor. Sure, this takes place in Northern America and not in Great Britain but seen from continental Europe, it is classified as anglo-saxon behaviour!

In comparison I recall the way I was taught sailing on an island in Brittany, France, back in 1975 and 76. I know it isn't comparable really but... just as an example of the differences in the two mentalities.

Sailing was considered as an art, not a sport and not a business. We were all living together …