JFK Got It Right

JFK Got it Right...
an "Idealist Without Illusions"

Today, America lets out a sigh of relief as another Presidential Election cycle comes to a close, giving us all a three year respite from the ads. Even if the winner makes you want to live in a boat on International waters.

No matter how big of a circus act campaigns become, we are grateful for the ability to voice our opinions freely and the power to make a difference in our great nation, even if we lose a few Facebook friends in the process.

Admittedly, this campaign season has made us nostalgic for the days before #politicaltwitterstorms.

John F. Kennedy understood the beauty of simplicity found in sailing, and what a great escape the ocean can be.
Sail Away with JFK

 John F. Kennedy was a good sailor, while he enjoyed big yachts, he favored small boats throughout his life. 

He appreciated the simplicity, intimacy and ease of handling that a good little sailboat provides.  
Thus, in hindsight, it's not surprising that the 26 foot sailboat Victura - a gift from his parents for his 15th birthday - remained his favorite throughout his life.  It was the boat on which he taught many others, including his beloved wife Jackie, to sail, and it was the boat that captured and held his imagination throughout his life.
Many of JFK's friends have said that he was never happier than when he was sailing Victura off Hyannis Port. 
We can see from private documents that the President's cherished little boat was never far from his mind.  Take for example the Cuban Missile Crisis.  Though the future of the free world may have been at stake, JFK's thoughts were of Victura, as is evidenced by doodles he had made on some historic documents as the events of that time unfolded. 
Bigger isn't always better. 
Even someone as distinguished and successful as JFK himself knew that. The mega yachts of the world maybe flashy and pretty but true beauty is found in simplicity. 
The intimacy of the smaller boat connects us, not only to our loved ones, but to the sea. 

"I really don't know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it is because in addition to the fact that the sea changes and the light changes, and ships change, it is because we all came from the sea. 
And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. 
We are tied to the ocean. 
And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it we are going back from whence we came." 
- President John F. Kennedy 
speaking at the America's Cup in 1962.