10 lessons learned on an Anguilla race boat
On May 30, Anguilla celebrates Anguilla Day which marks the eviction of the St Kitts police from Anguilla. The public holiday celebration includes an official award ceremony on the James Ronald Webster park, family picnics and the much anticipated party on the sea for the “round-the-island” boat race. This year, I was fortunate enough to participate in the “round-the-island” boat race as a crew member of the “De Chan”, a veteran, past “Champion of Champions” A-class sailing boat, captained by Aristo Richardson. I was one of the crew of young, excited sailors, a few like myself being first time. There was not a full complement and this might have contributed to our boat completing the 5+ hour race around Anguilla behind most of the others in the race. Nevertheless, the experience afforded me these valuable lessons.
- It’s so easy to “miss the boat” (pun intended!)
- Strategy is integral but execution is king!
- Adversity brings you closer, team work makes you stronger
- Listen to the Captain
- Communication is key
- Stay the course
- Be able to improvise
- Mental toughness has many forms
- You are not finished when you cross the finish line
- Every boat has an identity of its own