Robert H. Haggard and His Lifelong Love of Sailing

Robert H. Haggard, partner at The Van Winkle Law Firm in Asheville and in Hendersonville, spoke with us for a Q&A in the 2012 edition of North Carolina Super Lawyers, but not all of our conversation could fit into our print edition. Here, in an exclusive excerpt for the blog, Haggard talks about his interest in sailing and how that interest came about:

You're also an accomplished sailor. Can you tell me a little bit more about your interest in sailing and how that came about?

Well, it came about I guess because my parents, who were very creative at getting my brother and I out of the house, sent us off to Camp Sea Gull on the Neuse River in eastern North Carolina, and I was introduced to sailing and just immediately loved it. When I came back home, I mowed lawns and did odd jobs and made enough money to buy a little Sunfish sailboat which I sailed around on the lakes and in and around Asheville, and then when I arrived at Davidson College, was pleased to learn that they had a sailing team. I sailed on Lake Norman and competed against other schools like Clemson [University] and Duke [University] and University of Virginia and The Citadel school of Charleston. They were all part of the South Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association so for four years, I had the opportunity to sail competitively. After college I had a chance to begin to gain some experience in blue water sailing and haven't stopped.

Sailing has just been one of the most delightful experiences of my life, including the fact that when you're on a sailboat, you really have an opportunity to spend time in conversation with the others who are with you. You engage in conversations that are much more in-depth than I think we have the opportunity to experience in our daily lives because, of course, there's not much else to do when you're out there on the water and just sailing along. You find that you end up talking about things that perhaps you wouldn't ordinarily have a chance to discuss with your friends, and it deepens and strengthens friendships in a way that I have truly enjoyed.

Read the full Q&A here.