Sailing Magazine - On the Wind http://sailingmagazine.net/articles.sec-114-1-on-the-wind.html Thu, 14 Dec 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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
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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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Olympic sailing competition isn’t just for medal winners http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1804-olympic-sailing-competition-isn%25E2%2580%2599t-just-for-medal-winners.html Olympic sailing competition isn’t just for medal winners
The story of Tess Lloyd, a 20-year-old Australian sailor with Olympic dreams, is a true fairytale. In 2012, she was in a regatta when she had a terrible collision with a windsurfer, leaving her unconscious in the water. Her crew held her head above water until rescuers arrived and rushed her to a hospital where doctors found she had a fractured skull and severe brai...]]>
The sailing mind: Unlimited variables that are oddly clear http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1791-the-sailing-mind-unlimited-variables-that-are-oddly-clear.html The sailing mind: Unlimited variables that are oddly clear

A sailor will often tell you that they sail to clear the mind.

They don’t worry or fret, think about work, traffic or trouble when they are on the water. They just focus, like a laser, on sailing. How does it happen that a&nb...

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Faith in black boxes is no reason to toss your paper charts overboard http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1776-faith-in-black-boxes-is-no-reason-to-toss-your-paper-charts-overboard.html Faith in black boxes is no reason to toss your paper charts overboard

The U.S. Coast Guard has, with an eight-page document published earlier this year, thrown out more than 2,600 years of maritime history. A tradition that dated back to 600 B.C. is toast. Gone. Zip.

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The symmetrical spinnaker is an endangered species worth saving http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1775-the-symmetrical-spinnaker-is-an-endangered-species-worth-saving.html The symmetrical spinnaker is an endangered species worth saving

 Alas, what is to come of the symmetrical spinnaker and all its accoutrements: the pole, pole-cars, twings and guys? 

The venerable kite, our pennant, our moniker and the centerpiece of sailing’s visual 

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Celestial navigation might just come in handy if GPS goes dark http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1762-celestial-navigation-might-just-come-in-handy-if-gps-goes-dark.html Celestial navigation might just come in handy if GPS goes dark

 It is 1966, and astronaut Buzz Aldrin is on the Gemini 12 mission into space when the electronics fail. He saves the mission and makes the rendezvous with another spacecraft by using an instrument that mariners have used for centuries.

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Sailing for Good and Sailing, for Good, are what keeps us coming back http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1756-sailing-for-good-and-sailing-for-good-are-what-keeps-us-coming-back.html Sailing for Good and Sailing, for Good, are what keeps us coming back

 I'll admit to obsessing about why we sail. What drives us to be cold, wet and often bored, and yet still go sailing? Is it the camaraderie? The challenge? The adventure? The competition? Promoters and advocates will often boil it down to the premise that sailors sail because it is fun, and, by inference, don’t sail w...

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Don't let politics spoil the fundamental democratic nature of sailing http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1740-dont-let-politics-spoil-the-fundamental-democratic-nature-of-sailing.html Don't let politics spoil the fundamental democratic nature of sailing

 There is one thing I’ve always loved about sailing, and it’s not the wind or the freedom or the spray or the excitement of racing. It’s that sailing is one of the last truly democratic sports.


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Sailing is the cheapest fun you can have; the numbers prove it http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1726-sailing-is-the-cheapest-fun-you-can-have-the-numbers-prove-it.html Sailing is the cheapest fun you can have; the numbers prove it

 I’m going to tell you how cheap sailing can be. No mixed messages here. If you happen to have the wealth of a monarch (but lack self-control), you could easily spend your net worth on the sport of sailing. A valid counterpoint: Smart, eager and creative paupers also go sailing, and they spend almost nothing for the privilege.

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Retrofitting your own boat makes the sailing sweeter and cheaper http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1713-retrofitting-your-own-boat-makes-the-sailing-sweeter-and-cheaper.html Retrofitting your own boat makes the sailing sweeter and cheaper

 am the poster boy for retrofits. While thinking about this issue, I realized that I’ve only owned two new boats in my entire life. 

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A sail into the foggy abyss offers one of life's truly genuine experiences http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1687-a-sail-into-the-foggy-abyss-offers-one-of-lifes-truly-genuine-experiences.html A sail into the foggy abyss offers one of life's truly genuine experiences

 Had we heeded the forecaster’s gloomy wind warnings, we would not have started the race, but 20 sailboats slipped over the line at 18:30 and inched up the 21-mile course. An hour—and two tedious miles—later, a red sun set leaving a starless sky. Two hours and barely four miles in, the fog came down like a black...

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There's something rotten in the foul waters of Olympic sailing http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1675-theres-something-rotten-in-the-foul-waters-of-olympic-sailing.html There's something rotten in the foul waters of Olympic sailing

 I think I take disappointments fairly well. When I found there was no Santa Claus, I managed to pick up the shattered pieces of my life and move on. Same with the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. 

I was going to start this column by shouting, ...

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Big data comes to the little boat, and its crew's phones http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1667-big-data-comes-to-the-little-boat-and-its-crews-phones.html Big data comes to the little boat, and its crew's phones

 Ten years ago we had an Excel-jockey crewmember; a numbers whiz-kid so proficient with a spreadsheet that he’s since left sailing for a high-powered banking gig.

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Sailing’s power of restorative medicine is good for all - Sailing’s power of restorative medicine is good for all http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1644-sailing%25E2%2580%2599s-power-of-restorative-medicine-is-good-for-all.html Sailing’s power of restorative medicine is good for all - Sailing’s power of restorative medicine is good for all

For shoreside spectators, it had all the makings of an epic race. The two dinghies were side by side, their masts flexing in unison as dark blue wind lines danced across the water from the tree-lined shore. Both skippers were focused intently on the luff of their sails, neither looking at the other and neit...

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Beware the pitfalls of Outboard Cheapskate Disorder http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1628-beware-the-pitfalls-of-outboard-cheapskate-disorder.html Beware the pitfalls of Outboard Cheapskate Disorder
I’ve been diagnosed with OCD, or Outboard Cheapskate Disorder. It’s a malady that owners of sportboats seem predisposed to. The symptoms are clear. ...]]>
Life jackets save lives, but only if sailors wear them http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1613-life-jackets-save-lives-but-only-if-sailors-wear-them.html Life jackets save lives, but only if sailors wear them
I’ll tell you right now what this column is about: Don’t do as I did, do as I say. As She Who Must Be Obeyed would happily agree, I’ve been a complete idiot many times in my life and I now realize I’m very lucky to be alive....]]>
Want more young sailing volunteers? You need to invite them http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1601-want-more-young-sailing-volunteers-you-need-to-invite-them.html Want more young sailing volunteers? You need to invite them

Sailing ranks among country churches, Amish barns and potlucks as institutions substantially built and shaped by volunteers. Their work is all around us and it is mighty impressive. 

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Let junior sailors have fun and they just might learn to love sailing - I don’t need fancy statistics to tell me that, using my group of friends from the 1960s as an example, kids who have fun sailing stay in sailing. We learned self-reliance, decision making and skills that have served us for a lifetime. It was fun. http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1590-let-junior-sailors-have-fun-and-they-just-might-learn-to-love-sailing.html Let junior sailors have fun and they just might learn to love sailing - I don’t need fancy statistics to tell me that, using my group of friends from the 1960s as an example, kids who have fun sailing stay in sailing. We learned self-reliance, decision making and skills that have served us for a lifetime. It was fun.
 As a kid, I had a conversation with my mother almost every weekend after I departed in the morning, not to return until dinner time.  

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Kids should sail because it’s fun, not because it’s homework http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1571-kids-should-sail-because-it%25E2%2580%2599s-fun-not-because-it%25E2%2580%2599s-homework.html Kids should sail because it’s fun, not because it’s homework

When steam came to transport, commercial sailing was decimated, and what was left was the recreational kind. I’m hoping the second coming of steam won’t be as bad for sailing. 

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