My Loud Harbor

Working with people is tiresome and sometimes you feel exhausted and not even able to handle a phone call

Country Kseniya Naumova


«And take your faith with you on your way… to the upcoming world — it will come, come for all people», — those who like early Soviet movies know these words about a ship from the movie Native among Aliens, Alien among Natives. Working with people is tiresome and sometimes you feel exhausted and not even able to handle a phone call. And then only a miracle of meeting your favourite hobby helps to find your people in an absolutely unexpected and unusual background. And this can become a source of energy making your way bearable and joyful — our columnist Ksenia Naumova considers.

I started my yachting eight years ago when one of my friends invited me to watch a regatta. The competition took place in Croatia and I remember it for its beautiful weather, warm water, several amazingly beautiful yachts and outstanding friendly atmosphere. One year later I took part in European championships, then in international regattas and understood that I enjoy it very much.

I work with people all of my life and for me conversation, communication, human relationship based on friendship, mutual understanding and mutual interest are especially valuable. There are people from different countries and life spheres on the competing yacht and they leave all of their business for a week in, say, Monaco to cut the waves together on the way to common goal. No matter that they speak different languages they are united by the true common interest. It’s all out of politics, economics, strife happening in the world. Yachting is not a place for any type of discrimination. No one pays attention to your status, where you came from, how much you earn or you don’t earn. The level of team solidarity on the sailing ship is phenomenal — I rarely met any of the kind. There’s only one thought in your head when the wind is whistling into your ears, waves are under you and you know that you are competing — What do I have to do now? You follow skipper’s orders without any doubt: when sail is to be raised, the winch is to be turned, the rope is to be tied. Other things become meaningless. The only important thing is to make your team win and come first to the finish.

But the most interesting thing is that as the sun rolls down the horizon joy is still in the air. After an unforgettable emotionally but very tiring, physical regatta day, all team members no matter how tired and wet they are, go to the yacht club and moor to marina.

And here starts another part of the event: people who never met before the regatta and went through storm and waves during the competition, now rock out together, dance, listen to the music, laugh and this all happens as if they know each other for ages and became close friends. Every regatta is unforgettable and unique. For me regatta became an escape, a possibility to switch my brain off, to disown my everyday problems and tasks to be solved for a while, and just enjoy pure life.

At one point my new interest absorbed me. Actually so much that I decided to make my own business in this field and I’m like that: if I like something sooner or later I start to earn money over it. Eight percents of Jewish genes speak in me. My new company started to work in two directions: first — amateur yachting competitions, second — organization of the large-scale international professional regattas for our clients. For some time I made this business, worked with corporative clients, made regatta openings but then suddenly I realized that my favourite occupation is not charging me with power any more as if energy is going in some other direction. And I decided to leave it the way it used to be before — my leassure area. I understood that one shouldn’t make business of everything in his life, not every thing should bring income: there should be things you leave for yourself. They stay in a quiet harbor of life and you go there to to get filled with energy and let yourself feel joy of living here and now. There’s a metaphoric phrase saying A ship isn’t built to stay in harbor. I personally feel in these words a pulsation of subjective opinions and esteems. Maybe a ship isn’t built to stay in harbor but she can’t go on without stopping once in a while, there’s a risk of shipwreck sooner or later. And anyone has his right to choose a personal harbor and stay there as long as it takes to get ready to leave the shore and start the first or next voyage.