The season of giving thanks is among us. What better way to show our appreciation than to reflect on the reasons we love sailors? From adventurous journeys to dockside conversation, we're showing love to all the sailors out there! We thought we would share this great list of "thanks" written by Cristina Strait from Leopard Catamarans in 2020. Don't forget to share why you are thankful for sailing in the comments!
Reason 1: Contribution to reducing carbon footprint
By using wind as a source of travel, sailors have reduced their carbon footprint to travel around the world. The environment and Leopard Catamarans thank you!
Reason 2: Living off the "land"
Using natural resources to put food on the table in a sustainable way - fishing! Although most of us would prefer a turkey this Thanksgiving, we'll take a fresh fish on the dinner table any day.
Reason 3: Sailors were the original explorers
Risking their lives to sail into the unknown and to discover the secrets of the earth. We are thankful for their bravery and for the realization that the earth is indeed NOT flat.
Reason 4: Making Orlando Bloom Famous
Whether the hit movies, 'Pirates of the Caribbean' were accurate or not - without the inspiration of the very first sailors, Orlando Bloom would not be the actor we know and love today.
Reason 5: Buried Treasure
We know this trend might have died out - but the message in the bottle is a spin off used by hopeless romantics everywhere. Also, the imaginations of little kids feed off of this idea. This old trend has made the lives of many a little more magical.
Reason 6: A Fascination of the Ocean
Pirates might have been some of the first to have a true love for the ocean, but they're not the last! Pirates showed us some of the wonder that the ocean has to offer. Oceanographers, Marine Biologists, Scuba Divers and Aquatic Vets all appreciate you.
Reason 7: Discovering New Places
From the Americas to every island in between, sailors were the original founders of some of the largest populated areas today!
Reason 8: They have paved the way to make sailing a lifestyle
Something that was done mostly commercially eventually became a sport, a hobby and a way of life. Not only has the ocean served as a way of travel, but it has shared beautiful memories with those who have embarked in its journey. Sailing has brought families together, boats to new owners, sports dreams come true and holds the secrets of those who confide in it. Sailors showed the world a body of water that would show us adventure for centuries to come - as long as we look hard enough. Cheers to you, sailors!