BY JENNIFER A. FITCH | Contributing writer www.CPBJ.com
Jeffrey Roof started sailing as a teenager on Lake Pinchot in York County and has since graduated to the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. “I’ve always been a believer that anything that gets you on the water — regardless of the size or type — is worth it,” said Roof, of Camp Hill.
Roof enjoys sailing because he has to compensate for factors like weather, currents, and wind. He said he never gets bored by sailing. Roof, president of Harrisburg-based financial advisory company Roof Advisory Group, pays particular attention to weather when planning offshore trips, like the ones he takes between Annapolis, Md., and Charleston, S.C. That trip takes two nights and is done 40 miles offshore on an ocean route.“That is an exhilarating run,” he said.
People learning to sail for the first time can usually grasp the basics within a week, but ongoing learning is needed to perfect technique.
Sailing clubs offer lessons, camps, courses for beginners and those seeking specific skills, and instruction related to racing. Jeffrey Roof ’s Hylas sailboat is what is known as a blue water cruiser. Built with fiberglass and designed for fast sailing outside a bay, it has a main salon, full galley, and three cabins, as well as a dinghy for use when the sailboat is anchored in the open water. Other commitments limit his time on deck. But, Roof said, “The boat could go wherever my dreams could imagine.”