Sailing Magazine - On the Wind http://sailingmagazine.net/articles.sec-114-1-on-the-wind.html Thu, 14 Nov 19 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 A $10 sailing outfit might be the key to getting more people into sailing http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2153-a-%252410-sailing-outfit-might-be-the-key-to-getting-more-people-into-sailing.html A $10 sailing outfit might be the key to getting more people into sailing
I admit it: I belong to way too many yacht clubs. I realize this, but it seems to be a chronic issue, like keeping every copy of the New York Times for 30 years or creating huge balls of string. ...]]>
Good boats have owners; great boats have stewards http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2143-good-boats-have-owners-great-boats-have-stewards.html Good boats have owners; great boats have stewards
Last August a friend issued a challenge. John and his partner Pat were enjoying frequent summer weekends at a cottage on Flathead Lake in Montana, but their sailboat—a 15-foot centerboard trailer-sa...]]>
Ornery Seagull outboards taught a generation never to get into a dinghy without oars http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2135-ornery-seagull-outboards-taught-a-generation-never-to-get-into-a-dinghy-without-oars.html Ornery Seagull outboards taught a generation never to get into a dinghy without oars
I was skimming a boating blog when my eye was caught by a plaintive headline: “How do I stop a Seagull?” I thought for a moment and then I started laughing, to the point of tears running down...]]>
How to know if you’re really a sailor http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2116-how-to-know-if-you%25E2%2580%2599re-really-a-sailor.html How to know if you’re really a sailor
Sailing friends who sail the Chesapeake endeavor each year to join a select group called the Century Club. To qualify, one must sail 100 days in a year. Of course, this is easier for folks who don’t...]]>
Sailing prepares kids for adulthood if you take away the snowplow http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2103-sailing-prepares-kids-for-adulthood-if-you-take-away-the-snowplow.html Sailing prepares kids for adulthood if you take away the snowplow
The college admissions scandal, aside from being distasteful and embarrassing, has taught me a new term. To all of you from nasty northern climates with very short sailing seasons, a snowplow is somet...]]>
The gift my boat can’t get enough of http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2090-the-gift-my-boat-can%25E2%2580%2599t-get-enough-of.html The gift my boat can’t get enough of
In our family, every gift-giving opportunity—birthdays, Christmas and Hanukkah, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day—are less about thoughtful and creative generosity, and more about collecting what ...]]>
Sailboat racing should be a simple game http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2081-sailboat-racing-should-be-a-simple-game.html Sailboat racing should be a simple game
I really do understand that “it’s-all-about-me” seems to be pre-installed in today’s precious snowflakes at the factory before delivery, and snowflakes are apparently old enough to have t...]]>
A sailing story in five chapters http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2072-a-sailing-story-in-five-chapters.html A sailing story in five chapters
Sailors usually have more stories than their nonsailing friends have the patience to hear. Surround a sailor with sailing friends and liquid refreshments and colorful and unforgettable tales will flow...]]>
There’s nothing more comforting or more useful at sea than a favorite watch cap http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2063-there%25E2%2580%2599s-nothing-more-comforting-or-more-useful-at-sea-than-a-favorite-watch-cap.html There’s nothing more comforting or more useful at sea than a favorite watch cap
As faithful (and even unfaithful) readers of this column know, I’ve teed off in the past about products that promise to take us sailing. No, not boats, but offerings such as a perfume that vowed to ...]]>
Never underestimate an old guy in the Southern Ocean http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2050-never-underestimate-an-old-guy-in-the-southern-ocean.html Never underestimate an old guy in the Southern Ocean
I’ve been captivated by the intentionally regressive singlehanded Golden Globe Race, which has knocked out more than half of its entrants and unleashed months of Southern Ocean drama with giant stor...]]>
Be like Fred: Leave the beer can racing to the amateurs http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2028-be-like-fred-leave-the-beer-can-racing-to-the-amateurs.html Be like Fred: Leave the beer can racing to the amateurs
To quote Peter Finch as newscaster Howard Beale in the movie “Network,” “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!” What led to this state of affairs was a phone call to an ...]]>
Imagine a PHRF system that is actually fair http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2023-imagine-a-phrf-system-that-is-actually-fair.html Imagine a PHRF system that is actually fair
Listening to racers talk about handicapping is like listening to patients explaining the health care market. In health care, nobody knows who is paying what, to whom and for what. In handicapping, nob...]]>
Nuggets of advice from a charterholic http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2006-nuggets-of-advice-from-a-charterholic.html Nuggets of advice from a charterholic
Hello, my name is Chris. I’m a charterholic. It’s been four months and 12 days since my last bareboat charter.” Whoops, wrong meeting. Or maybe not. If you’re reading this, you might be a char...]]>
Wandart, and the case for sailboat ownership http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1996-wandart-and-the-case-for-sailboat-ownership.html Wandart, and the case for sailboat ownership
 You may be familiar with the concept of the sailing timeshare, that is, fractional sailboat ownership in order to be able to sail for a few weeks a year in an idyllic place like the tropics. A f...]]>
Putting fun back into learning to sail keeps kids on track to a lifetime of sailing http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1981-putting-fun-back-into-learning-to-sail-keeps-kids-on-track-to-a-lifetime-of-sailing.html Putting fun back into learning to sail keeps kids on track to a lifetime of sailing
Longtime readers know that I have a few rants that pop up from time to time, so consider yourself warned. This is going to be one of them. One of my rants has been the late, great, America’s Cup, wh...]]>
For sale: Two wheels, cheap http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1969-for-sale-two-wheels-cheap.html For sale: Two wheels, cheap
We’re sailboat shopping. Replacing one beloved family boat with another is a big change, so we’ve spent a lot of time pondering the ideal design. Our wishlist asks that it be:1. Large en...]]>
Like the 33 rpm vinyl record, sailing is here to stay http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1948-like-the-33-rpm-vinyl-record-sailing-is-here-to-stay.html Like the 33 rpm vinyl record, sailing is here to stay
popular one-design dinghy class association recently announced that its rules committee had approved new class-legal digital compasses. I was curious to learn more about the breakthrough, wondering if the committee had finally given in to data. Cruisers and handicap racers find that data can simplify sailing: inexpensive computers tie routing...]]>
When charter cruising, saying yes to Plan B can be delightful http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1949-when-charter-cruising-saying-yes-to-plan-b-can-be-delightful.html When charter cruising, saying yes to Plan B can be delightful
We live in a 9-to-5 world, our calendars, computers and appointment books jammed with scribbled must-dos and don’t-forgets, and we have very little time that isn’t scheduled. The very concept of “spare time” has disappeared from our vocabularies. Kids scurry from soccer practice to dance lessons without pause for either kid or parent....]]>
In a world of downsizing, where are all the tiny boats? http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1929-in-a-world-of-downsizing-where-are-all-the-tiny-boats.html In a world of downsizing, where are all the tiny boats?
Recently, a photo of two sailboats—one large and one seemingly quite small—went viral. The larger of the two boats was Comanche, the 100-foot record-crushing super maxi....]]>
It takes more than a dream to set off on the cruise of a lifetime http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1925-it-takes-more-than-a-dream-to-set-off-on-the-cruise-of-a-lifetime.html It takes more than a dream to set off on the cruise of a lifetime
OK, I admit it. I’ve been a harsh critic of helicopter parents for a long time. You know, the parents that hover around their children, never giving them a chance to think or do on their own. They rig their boats, follow them on the racecourse aboard mommy boats, hire coaches to video and critique them....]]>
Changing the sailing rules, again http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1911-changing-the-sailing-rules-again.html Changing the sailing rules, again
America’s Cup foiling ranks among the top technical feats of this young century, on par with the booster rocket that lands itself or the pictures sent from the surface of a comet. Well-funded teams of great engineers make miracles....]]>
When it comes to safety, it’s up to you to make the call http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1900-when-it-comes-to-safety-it%25E2%2580%2599s-up-to-you-to-make-the-call.html When it comes to safety, it’s up to you to make the call
It seems a contradictory statement to make in a magazine issue dedicated to safety, but the fact is this: None of us are getting out of here alive. We all have a “sell-by” date, time and place unknown. It’s up to each of us to make it to that point where, in a grocery store, milk would be taken off the shelf, and perhaps a little longer if we�...]]>
Teach that sailing is a journey, not an event http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1890-teach-that-sailing-is-a-journey-not-an-event.html Teach that sailing is a journey, not an event

These three facts may surprise you:


1. Today, there are more learn-to-sail programs than ever in U.S. history.

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Billionaires foil the majesty of America's Cup racing http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1875-billionaires-foil-the-majesty-of-americas-cup-racing.html Billionaires foil the majesty of America's Cup racing
Twenty-two minutes. Doesn’t seem very long, does it?...]]>
Lessons from a man who fell overboard and lived to tell about it http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1857-lessons-from-a-man-who-fell-overboard-and-lived-to-tell-about-it.html Lessons from a man who fell overboard and lived to tell about it
Back when parents sent kids away to weeks-long all-outdoor excursion camps, one could choose to go to a sailing camp; if you could call it that. A half dozen kids between 10 and 15 years old would join a counselor (usually a college kid on break) to cruise from port-to-port aboard a sailboat just large enough to sleep them all. They would carry their own cash, watch their own weather, pick their o...]]>
Follow these top 10 rules and fitting out will be a breeze http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1856-follow-these-top-10-rules-and-fitting-out-will-be-a-breeze.html Follow these top 10 rules and fitting out will be a breeze
Just because I have spent most of my life sailing in warm climates doesn’t preclude me from having huge amounts of fitting out experience. Growing up racing dinghies in Southern California and now sailing toward retirement in Florida only gives me a longer sailing season than much of the country. It doesn’t mean never having to use the words “fitting out.” ...]]>
Follow these top 10 rules and fitting out will be a breeze http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1838-follow-these-top-10-rules-and-fitting-out-will-be-a-breeze.html Follow these top 10 rules and fitting out will be a breeze

 Just because I have spent most of my life sailing in warm climates doesn’t preclude me from having huge amounts of fitting out experience. Growing up racing dinghies in Southern California and now sailing toward retirement in Florida only gives me a longer sailing season than much of the country. It doesn’t mean ne...

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Learning to be brave again http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1837-learning-to-be-brave-again.html Learning to be brave again

 viral video of solo sailors in the Southern Ocean shot by a French warship and helicopter ha...

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Sailing positively is a negative ion generator of happiness http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1824-sailing-positively-is-a-negative-ion-generator-of-happiness.html Sailing positively is a negative ion generator of happiness

 We were with some friends for dinner recently, and I noticed our hostess had put a small plastic box on a shelf near the table and plugged it in so it faced our meal. Asking what it was, I received a breezy, “Oh, it’s just a negative ion generator.”

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The key to family sailing is weathering the storms http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1820-the-key-to-family-sailing-is-weathering-the-storms.html The key to family sailing is weathering the storms

At the port I call home on the shores of Lake Michigan many local sailors opt for a night crossing, since the conditions are predominantly light. Weather systems around here usually relax when the sun sets and ...

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