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Remembering Jim Guidry Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
Galveston County
Sea Star Base Galveston
News Release
Tuesday, January 02, 2018

The Health Benefits of Sailing

GALVESTON, Texas - At the top of the list of New Year Resolutions is exercise and fitness. What better way to meet your goal than to experience better health through sailing?  It’s not only invigorating and fun, but sailing offers numerous health benefits.

The activities involved in sailing, like pulling and hoisting sails to maneuver a boat, add to muscle strength in the shoulders and back and helps to build endurance.

Cardiovascular fitness is often linked to running, swimming, and other physical sports. Sailing, like intense sports can improve cardiovascular health because of the large amounts of oxygen uptake when engaging in the physical and sometimes strenuous aspects of the sport. Often times sailing has been shown to reduce the risk of hypertension, obesity and other heart illness. An additional benefit is an improvement in eye and hand coordination, flexibility and agility.

Mental health is greatly improved due to the calmness of the water and exposure to salty air. Because moods are affected by serotonin, the salty sea air helps the body absorb oxygen and as a result, a more balanced level of serotonin calms the mind and happiness is achieved.

The rhythmic movement of a sailboat and the sound of the wind in the sails affect brainwave patterns and relax and soothe the mind. Coupled with a deep concentration on the tasks associated with sailing,   the result is a greater ability to focus, a decrease in stress, and an increase in mental clarity.

Everyone onboard a boat has a role to play in order to keep afloat. Sailors act as a unified team by communicating verbally and nonverbally. In the age of technology, it is a valuable tool to be able to communicate in order to have a sense of cooperation and teamwork. 

Sea Star Base Galveston is a high-adventure marine and maritime destination offering aquatic education programs that instill lifetime leadership, teamwork skills, and independence in body, mind and spirit.   

Sea Star Base Galveston Community Sailing programs offer the opportunity to learn a sport, and to enjoy the health benefits of sailing through Class Sailboat Races every Saturday, year ‘round, noon – 2 pm, at 7509 Broadway. 

Under the guidance of Captain Mike Janota, Community Sailing Director, sailors will enjoy the experience of Sonar sailboats in two races each day, followed by a social at the conclusion of the last race. Sailing experience is not required, and all individuals interested in learning to sail are encouraged to register.

Class Sailboat Races are a benefit of Sea Star Base Galveston membership and $25 per person for non-members. Complimentary parking.   Space is limited to 4 sailors per boat. For more information or to register go to www.ssbgalveston.org or call (409) 572-2562.




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