Sailing Magazine - On the Wind http://sailingmagazine.net/articles.sec-114-1-on-the-wind.html Mon, 17 Dec 18 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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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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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