As my interest in sailing grew, I was finally able to get my first opportunity to move under sail. In 2004, joined by my sister Courtney, I went to the beautiful Caribbean Island resort of Punta Cana (http://puntacana.com/) in the Dominican Republic. There, we were able to take a two-hour lesson on a Hobi Cat catamaran. Great opportunity right? An initial sailing lesson on a beautiful, fast, manageable catamaran in the caribbean ocean. The only problem was the lesson was entirely in Spanish. Now, while I pride myself on my ability to communicate in Spanish, taking on critical instructions that might save my life was quite another matter. Yes, I was a little...terrified. However, I absolutely loved it. After a short while sailing with the instructor, teaching me the fundamentals of sail trim, and giving me instructions about how to bring the boat back into the shore, I was left to my own devices, and to deliver myself and my beloved little sister Courtney, safely back to shore (we made it back, albeit with a somewhat forceful return). This was my first opportunity to captain a sailboat (actually any boat), and I loved it! Later that year, I had another similar lesson in San Juan, Puerto Rico (also in Spanish). I was much more confident on this outing, and after my lesson, I ended up single-handing the little cat. These were my exciting first movements under sail.
http://www.derrickcogburn.com/arcadia-adventures/2016/2/15/first-movement-under-sail First Movements Under Sail