Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.
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many adjectives are used to describe the towns of Wellesley and Weston, but nautical isn't one of them. We just can't compete with those powerhouse seafaring com- munities up and down the coast. Being landlocked doesn't help. But, nonetheless, many residents of all ages have found myriad ways to get out onto the water to do what they love best: sail. Both Wellesley and Weston boast sailors who race at the top levels of the summer circuits and have accomplished cruisers who think noth- ing of taking their boats out for weeks at a time. We have adults, children, and teens who have grown up sailing and for whom nothing else com- pares. "I could probably be happy going sailing every day, all summer long," says Wellesley resident Thomas Engels. What is it about a sport that gets its otherwise level-headed par- ticipants nearly swooning when describing their feelings about it? "Magical," "romantic," "enchanting," and "thrilling" are just a few of the adjectives that were elicited when asked this simple ques- tion. "The first day I was invited on a 12-meter boat to be a grinder [the lowest level chore on a racing boat] was the best day of my life," says Cynthia Dareshori, a Wellesley resident. "After that, I was forever addicted." Sailing is a lifelong sport that welcomes participants at all ages and skill levels. Many start as adults and are imme- diately hooked. It also is an activity that doesn't necessarily require sheer athleticism or strength. This keeps Lisa Larkin, a Weston resident and a lifelong sailor, captivated. "Sailing is a very sensory experience," she says, "but it's also a very cerebral experience." Sailing smart is critical to a good day on the water. "Size doesn't always matter," observes Larry Lovett, coach for the Wellesley High School sailing team. "There is a lot of smartness to it and innate ability, like getting a feel for the wind or getting a feel for your boat." 117 s u m m e r 2 0 1 4 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e A L L I S O N I J A M S S A R G E N T writer G U A S T E L L A P H O T O G R A P H Y / D R E A M S T I M E . C O M 116-124_WWMb14_sailing_v3_WellesleyWeston Magazine 4/24/14 4:14 PM Page 117