In his epic poem "Ulysses," Alfred Lord Tennyson writes,

"It may be that the gulfs will wash us down;
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles whom we knew!

And though we are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are
One equal temper of heroic hearts,

Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will;
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."

Throughout history the limitless imagination of bold men compelled them to venture out beyond the realm of a lackluster existence. Men have scaled mountains and crossed oceans to find that which they could not touch but yet could always feel. Modern sailing is an homage to the great adventures of a gloried past. Its skill and beauty embodies the essence of adventure that has driven the human spirit to places it never knew existed. It is in that spirit that sailing nurtures all that we were, all that we are, and all that we'll become.