Sailing Magazine - Full and By http://sailingmagazine.net/articles.sec-111-1-full-and-by.html Fri, 20 Jan 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Quest for an easy-handling rocketship leads to two boats http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1819-quest-for-an-easy-handling-rocketship-leads-to-two-boats.html Quest for an easy-handling rocketship leads to two boats

While the First Mate (that would be my wife) leaned over the lifelines in a game struggle to hold the boat off the dock, I gunned the diesel to blast out of the slip through a strong sideways breeze and nasty ferry wake. As the boat cleared the last piling (cleared on the second bounce, that is), I heard a commotion behind m...

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How watching paint dry became gripping sports entertainment http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1803-how-watching-paint-dry-became-gripping-sports-entertainment.html How watching paint dry became gripping sports entertainment
One acquaintance said he spent the better part of a weekend binge-watching the drama unfolding on his computer screen. Another told me he lost sleep, unable to resist getting up in the night to check the latest developments. A number of people I hardly knew regaled me with arcane details of a sports competition they barely understood but followed avidly on the internet....]]>
The storm that wasn't cost some sailors a nice ride to Bermuda http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1790-the-storm-that-wasnt-cost-some-sailors-a-nice-ride-to-bermuda.html The storm that wasn't cost some sailors a nice ride to Bermuda
Mark Twain famously described Bermuda as paradise you have to go through hell to reach. A chronic seasickness sufferer, he served his time in hell on the dependably bumpy rides to his island getaway. Twain was no seaman, but even experienced ocean sailors are wary of the 600-plus-nautical-mile passage from the East Coast to Bermuda that features sea conditions energized by a hot Gulf Stream fl...]]>
Observed on a 50-year watch: This is no sport for luddites http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1774-observed-on-a-50-year-watch-this-is-no-sport-for-luddites.html Observed on a 50-year watch: This is no sport for luddites
The view through my office window this morning tantalizes with a cerulean sky and green maple tree leaves aflutter in a fresh northwest breeze. The urge to escape to the red sailboat docked a block away is as compelling as the urge to wax nostalgic in this column I am writing for SAILING’s 50th anniversary issue. Alas, I’m going to resist both....]]>
Tales of two ghost fleets, one benign, one a little scary http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1773-tales-of-two-ghost-fleets-one-benign-one-a-little-scary.html Tales of two ghost fleets, one benign, one a little scary

 The column was published more than five years ago, but I still get reader comments about the Full and By piece I wrote about the ghost fleet. The column i...

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Meet the naval officer, skipper and math whiz of SAILING cover fame http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1761-meet-the-naval-officer-skipper-and-math-whiz-of-sailing-cover-fame.html Meet the naval officer, skipper and math whiz of SAILING cover fame
Readers, I’m going to introduce you to one of your mates, a fellow sailor whose story comes with a touch of serendipity while telling us something about the diversity of the sailing clan and the esteem that is held for sailing as a pursuit that offers character-building challenges. I think you’ll be glad he’s one of us....]]>
The art, science and pure pleasure of puttering on boats http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1751-the-art-science-and-pure-pleasure-of-puttering-on-boats.html The art, science and pure pleasure of puttering on boats

 Guys tell me they wish they had never sold their most-loved automobile, maybe a first-generation Pontiac GTO or a Mustang like Steve McQueen drove in the movie “Bullitt,” but instead stored it and pampered it so that today they would be able to show off a valuable classic.


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Pity the sailor who can't find a breeze on a planet with so many winds http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1739-pity-the-sailor-who-cant-find-a-breeze-on-a-planet-with-so-many-winds.html Pity the sailor who can't find a breeze on a planet with so many winds

 mental disease called prairie madness afflicted settlers living on the American Great Plains. It was caused by the wind. The incessant wind blowing over the endless expanse of flat land literally drove people nuts.

I believe I was onc...

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From a bad decision came one of the greatest sailing stories of all time http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1725-from-a-bad-decision-came-one-of-the-greatest-sailing-stories-of-all-time.html From a bad decision came one of the greatest sailing stories of all time
Some the actors in the 2015 movie “In the Heart of the Sea” had to suffer for a few weeks with a diet that consisted of small portions of fruit, yogurt, spinach, chicken and salads so they would l...]]>
How to stand out in a grand fleet: Be small and simple http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1712-how-to-stand-out-in-a-grand-fleet-be-small-and-simple.html How to stand out in a grand fleet: Be small and simple

Don’t ask how many sailboat shows I’ve been to. I couldn’t tell you. There are so many of these rituals that command the attendance of people engaged in the business of sailing embedded in my memory that they’ve blurred into an uncountable mass.

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The ship of state’s captain should know how to hand, reef and steer http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1686-the-ship-of-state%25E2%2580%2599s-captain-should-know-how-to-hand-reef-and-steer.html The ship of state’s captain should know how to hand, reef and steer

 One day when my mind was obviously a black hole utterly devoid of anything stimulating to think about, I wondered why so few presidents of the United States and aspirants for that office were sailboat owners.

I think I found a partial answer when I came ...

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Many sail alone, but few find a dazzling moment like Flo’s http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1676-many-sail-alone-but-few-find-a-dazzling-moment-like-flo%25E2%2580%2599s.html Many sail alone, but few find a dazzling moment like Flo’s

 In 1995, in the quaint era when logo T-shirts (non-technical 100% cotton) were considered as important to business promotion as a Facebook page is today, SAILING created one that featured a portrait of Joshua Slocum and a drawing of his yawl Spray

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C’mon, join the fun, be cold, wet and tired on the rail http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1668-c%25E2%2580%2599mon-join-the-fun-be-cold-wet-and-tired-on-the-rail.html C’mon, join the fun, be cold, wet and tired on the rail

 The shapes arrayed on the windward rail are rounded mounds. In the dark they look a bit like a row of igloos.

The simile is apt. It’s a cold night. The 15-knot northeasterly wind is heavy with vapors rising from 48-degree water. The sailors are ...

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Deploy the foils—mom and pop are going cruising at 40 knots http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1643-deploy-the-foils%25E2%2580%2594mom-and-pop-are-going-cruising-at-40-knots.html Deploy the foils—mom and pop are going cruising at 40 knots
Long live the America's Cup! Yes, I know, some of us have been disappointed by the morphing of this historic yachting institution from a respected international competition among sailors representing yacht clubs and their countries into a spectacle that features participants in helmets and body armor and is fueled by the inflated wallets and egos of bil...]]>
My boat is more miserable to sail on than yours—I win! http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1627-my-boat-is-more-miserable-to-sail-on-than-yours%25E2%2580%2594i-win_.html My boat is more miserable to sail on than yours—I win!
When I started sailing in offshore races, all of the boats in the fleet were hyphenated. They were all racer-cruisers. This included the hottest new designs, even radical ones with exotic features suc...]]>
Sailing education has come a long way since the School of Hard Tacks http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1612-sailing-education-has-come-a-long-way-since-the-school-of-hard-tacks.html Sailing education has come a long way since the School of Hard Tacks
I’m pretty sure I sailed before I walked. I know I sailed before I talked. I don’t remember it, but it’s family lore. My parents’ idea of a nice family outing was to put their first-born, while still in the babe-in-arms stage, aboard their 18-foot Seagull sloop and go sailing on Lake Michigan. There is no record of whether I wore a life preserve...]]>
Sports politics may be the one barrier disabled sailors can't overcome http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1602-sports-politics-may-be-the-one-barrier-disabled-sailors-cant-overcome.html Sports politics may be the one barrier disabled sailors can't overcome

The politics of international amateur athletic competition are so inscrutable and Byzantine they make professional sports look wholesome in comparison. 

Professional sports are driven by the simple and pure imperative of an entertainment business–to make mone...

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Seeing the world in cruising-lite and the real thing - Some sailors still cruise the old-fashioned way, of course, on their own boats, making long passages, sojourning for as long as the spirit moves them in those waters of sailors’ dreams. http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1589-seeing-the-world-in-cruising-lite-and-the-real-thing.html Seeing the world in cruising-lite and the real thing - Some sailors still cruise the old-fashioned way, of course, on their own boats, making long passages, sojourning for as long as the spirit moves them in those waters of sailors’ dreams.
If there is a more wonderful invention for sailors than bareboat chartering, I haven't heard of it.  When I experienced it the first time, it seemed too good to be true. ...]]>
There but for the grace of the gods of navigation . . . http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1570-there-but-for-the-grace-of-the-gods-of-navigation-.html There but for the grace of the gods of navigation . . .
Three stout but dignified denizens of Navigator Heaven were gathered at a local pub for their afternoon pint. “What do you make of that sailing vessel fetching up on Cargados Carajos Shoals near Mauritius?” Captain James Cook, the legendary 18th-century explorer and cartographer, asked his mates....]]>
Not a pond or even a lake, it's really a sea with a mean streak http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1552-not-a-pond-or-even-a-lake-its-really-a-sea-with-a-mean-streak.html Not a pond or even a lake, it's really a sea with a mean streak
I’m writing this on the “today” mentioned in the above excerpt from the NOAA marine forecast, which is October 31, 2014. That is the deadline for this column, and I had better get going, but I am being distracted by the view through my office window, a scene rendered in pewter of a street shrouded in metallic gray with a sturdy maple tree bending in the burgeoning gale as its last few leaves...]]>
The rime of this mariner is haunted by a bird on a wand http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1533-the-rime-of-this-mariner-is-haunted-by-a-bird-on-a-wand.html The rime of this mariner is haunted by a bird on a wand
The Ancient Mariner’s albatross hangs from his neck. My albatross hangs on to my wand—the one mounted on the masthead of my boat. Back to big-bird obsessions soon. But first, a quiz. What is the...]]>
Amid the quiet and the dark in the cathedral of the stars http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1508-amid-the-quiet-and-the-dark-in-the-cathedral-of-the-stars.html Amid the quiet and the dark in the cathedral of the stars
We are racing, though you wouldn’t know it from the demeanor of the crew.  The six of us standing the midnight to 3 a.m. watch are virtually silent. When a word is spoken it is barely louder...]]>
To have and to hold—the enduring appeal of printed magazines http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1502-to-have-and-to-hold%25E2%2580%2594the-enduring-appeal-of-printed-magazines.html To have and to hold—the enduring appeal of printed magazines
 I was thinking of changing SAILING’s motto to “The Most Saved Magazine in the World Not Counting National Geographic.”OK, that’s not going to happen, and not just because the c...]]>
To have and to hold—the enduring appeal of printed magazines http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1472-to-have-and-to-hold%25E2%2580%2594the-enduring-appeal-of-printed-magazines.html To have and to hold—the enduring appeal of printed magazines
I was thinking of changing SAILING’s motto to “The Most Saved Magazine in the World Not Counting National Geographic.”  OK, that’s not going to happen, and not just because the clu...]]>
Grog and layers aren't going to cut it in wake of polar vortex http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1456-grog-and-layers-arent-going-to-cut-it-in-wake-of-polar-vortex.html Grog and layers aren't going to cut it in wake of polar vortex

 

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Throttling up in pursuit of docking savoir faire http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1443-throttling-up-in-pursuit-of-docking-savoir-faire.html Throttling up in pursuit of docking savoir faire
Brace yourselves, I'm about to confess to powerboat envy. It's not as bad as it sounds. It's not really the boats I envy. It's the drivers. I have no plans to trade my sailboat for a motoryacht, though I admire some of the latter, mainly those that don't resemble high-rise condos. I don't mind sharing the water with all manner of powerboats, with the important exception of Cigarette-types wi...]]>
Another chance to make a good sailing movie lost at sea http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1432-another-chance-to-make-a-good-sailing-movie-lost-at-sea.html Another chance to make a good sailing movie lost at sea
I should have written this column months ago, right after I saw the Robert Redford sailing movie "All is Lost," but I wimped out. Critics went gaga over the film. ("The number one performance of the year," gushed Time magazine; "Robert Redford gives the performance of his life," the New York Times movie critic opined lavishly.) Three of my SAILING colleagues saw it and gave it a thumbs up. I t...]]>
Memories of a sail that lived up to its name in every way http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1422-memories-of-a-sail-that-lived-up-to-its-name-in-every-way.html Memories of a sail that lived up to its name in every way
Achilling specter from the past popped up in a pair of photos in my email inbox. Beneath them were the words: "Safe to say that no one misses the blooper. Click on image to post your blooper story (if you're old enough)." Old enough? I'm sure I'm older than my chronological age due to the stress of dealing with the misbegotten invention appropriately named the blooper, a word the Oxford Dictionary...]]>
Why paper charts? To navigate the story of your sailing life http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1409-why-paper-charts-to-navigate-the-story-of-your-sailing-life.html Why paper charts? To navigate the story of your sailing life
C are to see my chart collection? Set aside a few hours if you do. That would be for the short introductory viewing. For the full exposition, including explanations of the annotations in my crabbed yet distinctive pencil script and brief tellings of the stories behind the courses marked on the charts, some carefully drawn with proper fix symbols and neatly hand-printed times, course and boat s...]]>
Magnificent machines rise, gristly lunch goes down feathers and all http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1398-magnificent-machines-rise-gristly-lunch-goes-down-feathers-and-all.html Magnificent machines rise, gristly lunch goes down feathers and all
Chomp. Crunch. Grind. Gag. That's me, eating crow. Actually, it tastes kind of fishy. Maybe it's seagull. Whatever it is, I'm choking it down in reparation for writing a grumpy, negative column about the America's Cup earlier this year. Turns out there was nothing to be grumpy about, unless you're a Team New Zealand crewmember or fan. The 34th America's Cup was terrific fun. What I didn't se...]]>