SIGHTINGS a funny bit of kismet and courage Sailing in frigid, stormy Arctic seas is a venture most sailors forego for the balmy breezes and sweet liquor of the tropics. But stormy seas can lead to the best rewards, which Jeremiah Kosten was bold enough to discover only a few months into his sailing career. Jeremiah, or "JJ," is a California native who moved to the Bay Area five years ago. He'd never sailed before late 2016, but said he's always been fascinated with sailing culture. He promised himself that while in the Bay, he'd find the time to pursue his persistent interest. Working at the UCSF hospital, JJ would watch boats come and go on the Bay while on the job. It was the "romantic side," he said, that pulled him in, as well as the thought of "sailing around the world by harnessing the power of the wind." After realizing that he had yet to fulfill his promise. JJ drove to OCSC and signed up for a package of lessons. It turned out JJ's distant, romantic obsession with sailing was just as powerful up close. Once he started taking classes, JJ was in love, so much so that he "may have even lost a girlfriend over it." continued on outside column of next sightings page
Spread: Norway in the summer looking pretty inviting in a fjord in Steigen. Inset lower right: bundled up and on watch. Inset far right: Jeremiah 'JJ' Kosten showing some Norwegian love.
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