As an Olympic sailor and author, I’m often asked about the link between the two. Sailing and writing have both been important to me since childhood. One of my earliest happy memories is of pushing a tiller and having the boat turn, a kind of power most kids are denied until they are old enough for a bicycle. Another early memory involves creating a book (construction paper, staples, you know the drill) and then writing the story and realizing it didn’t fit into the number of pages I’d built. It was the first of many lessons about the interaction between structure and content.
When computers took over desktop publishing, it brought my graphic design skills to life. I can’t draw by hand (at least not so anyone else can understand it), but I can arrange type around photos and graphics in a way that reinforces the impact of both. And lucky for me, most of my work is in the marine industry, so most of those photos (and most of the text) contains boats.
The real link, of course, is self-motivation. I wouldn’t have made it to the 2004 Olympics or ever published anything without that.
Published books: Game of Sails (Live Wire, 2012), Cape Cod Surprise (Gemma, 2010), and Oliver’s Surprise (Gemma, 2008).
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