Sometimes you want to go racing across the water. Other times, you want to be able to kick back, put your feet up, and just enjoy the fresh air. For those other times, there are a variety of relaxing activities that you can enjoy both on land and while you are at sea. If you are looking to include some relaxation time on your next sailing adventure, gives these tried and true options a whirl.
Read a Good Book
At times, there is nothing more relaxing than being able to enjoy a good book. Whether you appreciate the stylings of author Karen Salmansohn, or prefer the legal thrillers of John Grisham, taking time to read can be rewarding, rejuvenating, and even a little indulgent.
While you can read a book from just about anywhere, being able to focus on your selection while enjoying the peace of being on the water can be a special treat. You can limit the number of distractions and enjoy the feeling of a beautiful breeze and the shining sun. Even the rocking motion of the boat on the water can add an element of comfort to the experience.
Take a Nap
While this activity often requires at least one other person to be present, in order to ensure someone is awake and able to sail in the case of an emergency, taking a nap on the water can be an amazing treat. Many people find the rocking of a boat on the water to be quite soothing, making it a particularly enticing place to take a nap.
It is important to note that, while napping during the day is generally permitted, most states and countries have rules regarding sleeping on a boat overnight. Make sure and check any and all applicable rules or regulations regarding what activity is allowed on a boat in the area before heading out on the water.
Fish for Pleasure
Fishing is often cited as a relaxing activity for those who regularly take part in the hobby, and fishing off of a boat can be an incredibly invigorating experience. Not only do you get to enjoy the peace and quiet of being on the water, you also have the possibility of catching some fish to take home. If you are going to fish, make sure you are properly licensed to participate in the state and/or country in which you are fishing.
Unplug with Friends and Family
Being out on the water is a great reason to turn all of your devices off and truly enjoy the company of the people who joined you on your journey. Consider shutting off all of the smartphones, tablets, and other devices and securing them in a waterproof container. Then, instead of being interrupted by notifications and messages, everyone can concentrate on the people they are with.
Taking some time to unplug can be liberating as well as relaxing, especially if you are generally chained to your device during your regular life.
Whatever Relaxes You
Many relaxing activities can be perfectly suitable to do while out sailing. Just consider the activities that make you feel truly relaxed and see if they can be adapted to include being on the water. You may find the combination makes for a great escape.