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LETTER TO MY YOUNGER SELF

Peter Warrer, Team Denmark’s Skipper for the 2021 Nord Stream Race, Shares his Life Lessons

Peter Warrer
📸 Nord Stream Race / Felix Diemer

The sailors and designers in the world of North Sails are some of the most inspiring people on the water, and we’re hoping to share more of their story with you. “Letter to my younger self” is a series told by our North Sails ambassadors. In each article, we bring to life their advice and personal journeys centered around the question: if your “now-self” could give your “younger self” advice, what would it be?

Dear 15-year-old Peter,

You are a fantastic Optimist sailor, a two-time world champion! 43 years from now, looking back on life while skippering Team Denmark in the Nord Stream Race, you will see how this early success set a high standard for all the years of sailing that lie ahead. Here are a few things you should know:

Your wild-child hippie lifestyle will temporarily divert your focus from sailing. You will eventually realize that to achieve your sailing goals, you must sacrifice your non-sailing life.

Understand where your weaknesses lie and focus on improving them. For example, you will discover that your natural talents include tactics, helming, and sail trim. Technical areas will prove more difficult, but in this future world, it will be very important to master those skills too.

Seasickness will prevent you from venturing offshore, but this will subside as you get older.

You have to be there when you get the chance, but you also have to look for the chance. A good network helps hugely with this. Listen to your mentors, even if they are family members. Let yourself be inspired by your two-time Dragon Gold Cup-winning father. And dare to imagine a future that includes an Olympic gold medal-winning son, who will actually be a mentor for you too!

But the most important thing I want to tell you, my 15-year-old self: have fun with your sailing. Jump on different boats and get involved in various campaigns; don’t be single-minded or focus too much on one class. Also, try to enjoy some cruising too. Sailing is a wonderful sport, and it will help you live a happy life. I have a lot of fun sailing and racing the ClubSwan 50, M32, J/70, and cruising on the X332.

Of course, you will face obstacles… but overcoming them will be a large part of your joy.

PS Peter, 68 doesn’t feel as old as you might think!

Peter Warrer
📸 Nord Stream Race / Marina Semenova
Peter Warrer
📸 Nord Stream Race / Marina Semenova