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Describe Helen's sailing experience.

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Posted November 6, 2013 at 1:19 PM via web

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Describe Helen's sailing experience.

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Payal Khullar | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted November 6, 2013 at 3:02 PM (Answer #1)

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In her 1903 autobiography, The Story of My Life, the author Helen Keller wrote that, besides reading, she loved outdoor sports like sailing and canoeing. In fact, she learnt swimming and rowing when she was very young.

In chapter 22, Helen recollects a very thrilling sailing experience that she once had in the Northwest Arm when she went to attend a sports festival.

There was a regatta in the Northwest Arm, in which the boats from the different warships were engaged. We went in a sail-boat along with many others to watch the races. 

Helen went to watch a boat racing competition there along with many other people in a small sailboat. Everything was fine during the boat race and she enjoyed a lot. But after the race got over, the weather became quite stormy and cloudy all of a sudden. The huge sea waves rose and continuously kept hitting their sailboat and moved it here and there, but Keller says they were not really frightened by all this.

Our hearts beat fast, and our hands trembled with excitement, not fear; for we had the hearts of vikings, and we knew that our skipper was master of the situation

Luckily for them, the skipper of their boat had good experience in handling such situations. He safely brought the boat towards the shore. We are also told that only their boat could fight the waves and reach the shore. So it looks like Keller and everyone else on the boat had an amazing, adventurous sailing experience.

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