What is your favorite water sport or sea-based activity, and how did you get into it?
Sailing. There was not much of a conscious decision with this, though. I was born into a sailing family and was first brought aboard our family sailboat when I was only 21 days old. I've been close to the water just about every day since that moment.
If you were alone on a sailboat for a year, what 3 personal items would you bring?
Plenty of tools and spare parts, something to access Wikipedia, and a camera.
What is it about the sea that draws you to it?
The ruggedness of it. The lack of rules. The remorselessness. On land, everything is strictly outlined by rules and clear markings. Roads have lanes, speed limits, crosswalks, and traffic signals all telling you where to go. Cars have anti-lock brakes, automatic transmissions, and computers warning you about cars ahead of you and objects behind you. It's easy. It's predefined.
On the ocean, it is challenging and undefined. There are perennially changing winds, currents, and patternless waves, not to mention boat breakdowns and distractions all around the boat. It is the captain and crew’s knowledge and actions that keep people safe, and this draws a clear line between a successful voyage and an unsuccessful voyage.
The sea forces you to partner experience, skills, knowledge with proper preparation, and this can culminate into creating a sailor's dream or work of art: an uneventful voyage.