NEWPORT BEACH – When I signed up to volunteer at the Sail for the Blind event, one of the first things I did was read an info packet on the American Legion Yacht Club's website.
Written from the perspective of a visually impaired person, one of the tips says, "Don't avoid words like 'see,' I use them too. I am always glad to see you."
That sounded reasonable enough, until I boarded our boat with two visually-impaired men, one of whom was blind, and a sighted crew of four.
I quickly realized how often we relate our experiences in life by describing sights, and how for some that basic language requires a leap of imagination.
Take the weather. As we sailed along Peninsula Point on our way out of the harbor, longtime volunteer captain Michael Hayden commented how gloomy the weather was and how sailing under his bright orange-and-yellow genoa always brightens up the day. Hayden added that it was a beautiful day.