Don Scott joins the Narragansett Sailing School team of instructors. In the interview below, Don shares his background in basic sailing and diesel engine:
1. How did you first get into sailing?
When I was I high school my uncle took me sailing on his Tanzer 22. I loved it and bought a sunfish.
2. Have you had any disaster scenarios, failures, or simple problems in your sailing career that have given you a valuable lesson as a result?
I once docked in a river off the Gulf in Florida. The marina owner told me the depth was fine for my full keel 37′. Walking home from dinner we noticed the river depth had dropped considerably. We found the boat standing on its keel in the mud. We tied off all sides to keep it from tipping, and slept on a picnic table, getting eaten by mosquitos. Two days later, further down the coast, we told the story to another sailor who informed us the same scenario had happened to him a couple days before we got there. I learned to never trust anyone about the tide change and look it up.
3. If there’s one thing you can tell new sailors when they are just introduced to the sport, what would you tell them?
It’s about the time on the water, not getting somewhere quickly. And never take anything said while docking personally.
4. Outside of sailing, what is something that you love to do; something that makes you feel alive?
I enjoy anything on the water and around boats. We spend a lot of time on our center console, I paddleboard, windsurf , dive.
Off the water I had a great time for many years coaching girls softball when my daughter played. I enjoy going to small music venues and supporting local musicians. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to travel quite a bit.
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