Good sportsmanship goes a long way in life, and
it is the way of life in sailing at Venice Youth Boating.
Where do you draw the line between winning and losing?
Good sportsmanship is important. It’s about helping each other without having to be asked. It’s about congratulating each other for a competitive sailing regatta, and it’s about recognizing the positive effort of all the participants. Either way, no matter the outcome, being a gracious competitor will provide a solid personal foundation for anyone involved in our sport.
In sailboat racing, good sportsmanship is commonly referred to as “Corinthian spirit,” on the excitement of a common goal:
To have fun during the thrill of competition.
It’s important to point out that being a gracious competitor can be difficult even though you had a tough day.
While good sportsmanship may be something largely recognized on the water, it’s vital to understand that it extends well beyond competitive activities. It forms an important part of our lives during our future years in business, teaching, in all other professions, and in all walks of life.
It provides good guidance for our lives no matter what the activity.
What are some examples of good sportsmanship?
Helping a fellow sailor rig their boat when they are having trouble, or congratulating a competing skipper for a great race even though they beat you across the line. It’s not about throwing your hat on the ground wishing for a different result, that’s for sure.
Sports that involve competitive groups are a thrill.
Making people feel that they play an important role in the competitive landscape, both winners and non-winners, is critical to sustaining competition in general. Good sportsmanship can draw a bold line between classy competition and sour grapes, remembering that handshakes are preferred over ‘head shakes.’
Good sportsmanship, fair play, and respect for others are important attributes and goals of sailing at VYBA! They are our expectation!