Life is only two days and one of them is raining there is no point in suffering or worrying too much

Life is only two days and one of them is raining there is no point in suffering or worrying too much

Twelfth interview for the project YoungHumansOfScience where I try to interview people related to this field and understand their stories in order to close the gap between society and science.

Adam: How did you chose?

It was basically that I had something I liked and I wanted to go with it. You know that feeling where you wake up and go to sleep thinking about the same thing and like that every day? It was something like that for me.

The field I like is sailing. I didn’t do it that much when I was young, but I did have a few experiences that changed my point of view completely. At first I didn’t like it, I didn’t think I was suited for it, but one day I had to sail with strong winds and that is the moment where you see that you are working with the wind with the strength of the sea. I am awed whenever I work with that strength that comes from nature, I find it fascinating.

What I really like the connection with nature. I think we all have it as human being, that  feeling of freedom that comes with it.

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Adam: When was the time you enjoyed it the most?

It was around a year ago, I was sailing with a small boat together with a friend that was sailing for the first time. While we were out on the sea we ended up in the middle of a storm. Imagine, the two of us in a boat that is around 3m in length in the middle of that, the boat was flying, it was the same as when you see jet skies jumping as they advance.

After that I asked her if she was fine and she said that yeah, since she saw that I looked quite confident, but the truth is that I was freaking out a little bit. I would say that was my best experience. Oh and in the just when we were getting back on land the boat broke and we ended up hitting port but we were completely fine.

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Adam: What attract you of the engineering?

Boats are really complex machines designed to move in the water without stop. And the sport of sailing also forces you to understand how you have to strategize constantly. That is why I enjoy ship design, how to make the most of the shape to increase speed, what to add or subtract to make it more dynamic.

You know that part that ships have at the front, the one that is straight and just at the  has something like a part that surfaces, this makes it so that as it advances it creates a wave in the opposite direction  and this reduces the resistance by getting rid of the waves that could  form and letting the surface as a plane. With it you can increase the efficiency of the boat and the amount of thought that goes into making that is exactly what I enjoy.

The field has been growing a lot because there is interest in how to create and maintain the boats for competitions, as well as how to develop them for commerce. Nowadays it is still one of the most important ways to transport cargo. And a big part o the wars until now was based on using warships so it was actually thanks to all these fields together that it has advanced as much as it has done until now.

What I want to do in the future is to get a boat and cross the Atlantic sea with it, a trip that would take 28 maybe 30 days. The waves would be bigger than you could imagine, and they could break the boat at any point while you try to keep the boat afloat.

I would like to work with yacht and small boats but working with big ones would also be interesting as a way of contributing to reduce climate change by making them more efficient. But I still think I would rather go with yachtes, I am a saling instructor so for me the most important part of boats has been how to use them for the sport.

Photo by Dylan McLeod on Unsplash

Adam: Which would you say is your biggest struggle right now?

I don’t think I have any right now, I think I am in a really good part of my life. Sailing fills me completely.  You know what they say about how people who go from countries in the south to northern countries start getting more depression, well, the same happens to me when I haven’t been in the water for long. I get a kind of tension, that piles up and going to the sea just releases that tension.

Where else would you have a chance to see dolphins while working. You are sailing and at some point you end up seeing dolphins moving with you as you feel the wind, the moisture of the sea. All of it together lets you advance with the boat and that is what fills me, that strength that feeling of being in control along with the challenge of being on edge all the time.

Adam: Which advice would you have for someone us

Take it easy, there is no hurry. Life is only two days and one of them is raining there is no point in suffering  or worrying too much.

Photo by Johannes Plenio on Unsplash

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