Your weather will often be gelid and clouded. Your waters will often be dark and uneven. Your winds will often be shifting and sudden. But you will welcome it all because there is no other way to understand the ruggedness and resilience of Maine. The state’s granite harshness, Atlantic cold, hundreds of islands, and punctuated seasons are its attraction- they feel very frank, free, and somehow unaffected by the swiftness of modernity. And to justly appreciate a large aspect of Maine’s character you must take to sail. The rough seas, shoals, ledges, and intemperate meteorological conditions will connect you to the state as the sea is but a seamless extension of the land.