Sailing Magazine - Full and By https://sailingmagazine.net/articles.sec-111-1-full-and-by.html Sat, 16 Oct 21 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 Sails are our engine, the wind is our fuel https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2351-sails-are-our-engine-the-wind-is-our-fuel.html A friend finally threw in the towel after more than 12 excruciating hours in a doublehanded race sailed in a windless void so persistent that 80% of the fleet dropped out. He and his mate furled ...]]> How low tech carried SAILING into a high tech world https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2345-how-low-tech-carried-sailing-into-a-high-tech-world.html This magazine has reached another milestone, or waypoint if you wish, and that requires a genuflection at the altar of technology. Technology has taken SAILING to the point where, on its 55th anniver...]]> Why even sleepless at anchor, I dream of chain https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2333-why-even-sleepless-at-anchor-i-dream-of-chain.html I have nothing against the decadently plush accommodations flaunted by many of today’s monohulled and multihulled cruising boats. In fact, I am delighted to sail in their laps of luxury when cr...]]> We’ve seen the America’s Cup winner before—25 years ago https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2327-we%25E2%2580%2599ve-seen-the-america%25E2%2580%2599s-cup-winner-before%25E2%2580%259425-years-ago.html New ESCAPE 75. First customer is TNZ.” That was the headline above two photos that appeared on a Facebook page last fall. One of the pictures was of the just-launched 75-foot Team New Zealand Ameri...]]> How dare they threaten sailors’ navigation nirvana? https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2305-how-dare-they-threaten-sailors%25E2%2580%2599-navigation-nirvana.html Here’s a tip for productive use of that surplus time made available by pandemic protocols: Dive into your repository of disused sailing clutter and excavate your old loran receiver. You might need i...]]> What is that 900-foot high monster doing in our backyard? https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2294-what-is-that-900-foot-high-monster-doing-in-our-backyard.html We used to publish “green issues” of SAILING. The theme of these special issues was protecting the water and air in which we sail. A cover line on the 2011 green issue read: “Save the sea: What ...]]> A new age of sail is coming, bold Jack Tars need not apply https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2281-a-new-age-of-sail-is-coming-bold-jack-tars-need-not-apply.html It’s blowing like stink. It’s blowing a hooley. It’s blowing dogs off chains. Anyway you want to say it, the breeze is up. The world and its waters are getting windier.  Increases in t...]]> On my honor, I will not be a jerk on the starting line https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2267-on-my-honor-i-will-not-be-a-jerk-on-the-starting-line.html I’m not qualified to fly an F-16 at Mach 2 (or any other speed) or climb El Capitan solo without a rope (or any other way), so I’ve had to find other outlets for occasional doses of adrenaline. On...]]> Consult Samuel Johnson before you name your boat https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2256-consult-samuel-johnson-before-you-name-your-boat.html While being mildly entertained reading a novel titled “North of Havana,” one of Randy Wayne White’s water-based Florida capers, I bumped into this profound observation by the author: “It’s o...]]> Think you can escape the pandemic on a sailboat? Good luck. https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2243-think-you-can-escape-the-pandemic-on-a-sailboat-good-luck.html When the coronavirus started taking over the dry-land world, I started planning my escape. It would be on sailboat, of course.     The First Mate and I would depart these troubled sho...]]> Rare birds and sweet sailers in a megafleet of has-beens https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2227-rare-birds-and-sweet-sailers-in-a-megafleet-of-has-beens.html I never could get the hang of birdwatching, which is all about seeing and identifying avians and making copious notes about the sightings in something called a life list. I did once manage to rec...]]> The joys of symmetry in an obsolete downwind sail https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2222-the-joys-of-symmetry-in-an-obsolete-downwind-sail.html I came across an old photograph the other day and was carried away by a wave of nostalgia. It was a photo of a person engaged in spinnaker flying. I don’t mean flying a spinnaker, as in settin...]]> Sailing breaks free of the math that has held it back for centuries https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2211-sailing-breaks-free-of-the-math-that-has-held-it-back-for-centuries.html I remember my distress when I was introduced to Old Devil Hull Speed. I was just getting into offshore racing, working at being a semi-competent bowman, and I was gung-ho for speed. I read every...]]> Sailing fashion tacks damply to the dark side https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2204-sailing-fashion-tacks-damply-to-the-dark-side.html Folks who enter the rustic confines of our family’s beach cottage are greeted by a small display of sailing heirlooms including a color photograph of me at a barely-adult age along with two older, m...]]> Crossing oceans in a nutshell was a problem. He solved it. https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2178-crossing-oceans-in-a-nutshell-was-a-problem-he-solved-it.html Why do people climb a dangerous mountain? That’s easy. We know the answer because George Mallory gave it to us in three words in 1923, one year before his life ended on Mount Everest. Why do peopl...]]> My picks for sailboats more award-worthy than a Jeep truck https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2173-my-picks-for-sailboats-more-award-worthy-than-a-jeep-truck.html I read car magazines with interest and envy.  Interest because, as a semi-reformed sports car buff, my clutch-foot still twitches when I read about high-performance automobiles.  Envy...]]> The insult that lives in sailing history https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2164-the-insult-that-lives-in-sailing-history.html Among the hundreds of thousands of words I’ve written in pursuit of my calling as an ink-stained wretch, I can’t think of any combination of them that has achieved the status of a deathless phrase...]]> Who needs comfort when you’re cruising in clinker-built sailing history? https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2152-who-needs-comfort-when-you%25E2%2580%2599re-cruising-in-clinker-built-sailing-history.html Back at the dock after Saturday afternoon racing, the boat was shipshape, the genoa folded and in its turtle bag, two spinnakers repacked, the mainsail neatly flaked and under its cover and the crew r...]]> Beneath the fluorescent pink, the ideas of a fearless sailing innovator https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2142-beneath-the-fluorescent-pink-the-ideas-of-a-fearless-sailing-innovator.html I hope I’m not too agitated to write my usual dignified publisher’s column, but I have to admit to being in an awestruck state of amazement and bedazzlement. I just read a news release about ...]]> The morning sky is red, the glass is falling, the GRIBs are downloading https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2134-the-morning-sky-is-red-the-glass-is-falling-the-gribs-are-downloading.html On any given day in 2019, the average person in a supermarket checkout line knows more about the weather than I did when I set off on my first cruise in my first cruising-racing sailboat. Americans a...]]> Highlights of an ink-stained wretch's holiday https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2113-highlights-of-an-ink-stained-wretchs-holiday.html

 A friend, poking gentle fun, once told me that my august position at the top of the masthead as publisher just means that I get to drive the magazine bus. If that’s true, then I’ve been going on frequent busman’s holidays. I read magazines obsessively. 

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Remedial education has its benefits ... even for a reluctant student https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2102-remedial-education-has-its-benefits-even-for-a-reluctant-student.html I had to check the proofs of this page extra carefully, lest some snarky editor garnish this column with the headline, “Ancient mariner goes back to school.” It’s true, I did go back to school,]]> As waterfront condos rise, boatyards sink https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2089-as-waterfront-condos-rise-boatyards-sink.html A real estate ad I saw recently boasted of properties with a “pond view.”  No kidding. No matter that the pond was a storm water retention basin that was required by the building code ...]]> Welcome to my sailing museum https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2080-welcome-to-my-sailing-museum.html Decluttering isn’t the first trend I failed to exploit for financial gain. In one unfortunate example, I missed the bitcoin investment boom out of some quaint and no doubt age-related mistrust of m...]]> Working sailors—our inspiration, our humility check https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2071-working-sailors%25E2%2580%2594our-inspiration-our-humility-check.html We were full of ourselves, bold seafarers reveling in boisterous sailing conditions, bursting with exuberance, on the verge of exchanging high fives every time a wave broke over the bow. We were sail...]]> A grim but uplifting show by those blessed (or cursed) with the adventure gene https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2062-a-grim-but-uplifting-show-by-those-blessed-%2528or-cursed%2529-with-the-adventure-gene.html One of the 18 people who paid the $10,000 entry fee, documented meeting the requirement of having sailed 8,000 ocean miles and signed up for the 50th anniversary Golden Globe Race had climbed Mount Ev...]]> A preschooler’s education for an ocean sailing life https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2049-a-preschooler%25E2%2580%2599s-education-for-an-ocean-sailing-life.html This will seem strange, coming from the publisher of a magazine whose trademark is pixel-perfect digital photographs reproduced in vivid color, but there are times when grainy black-and-white film pho...]]> Warning: Cigarettes are dangerous to the health of your ears while sailing https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2027-warning-cigarettes-are-dangerous-to-the-health-of-your-ears-while-sailing.html I thought they would roar off into the sunset after “Miami Vice,” the TV show that showcased their macho glory, went off the air. That didn’t happen, but then I was sure the $4-per-gallon-...]]> What’s a better bailer than a scared sailor with a bucket? https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2017-what%25E2%2580%2599s-a-better-bailer-than-a-scared-sailor-with-a-bucket.html Full disclosure: A product endorsement is embedded in the following column. I affirm that no consideration was received for this, not even a free sample of the product or, sad to say, a paid advertisement in SAILING....]]> What sailing owes Jimmy Buffett https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2004-what-sailing-owes-jimmy-buffett.html

 He tells us in one of his sailing ditties that he’s the son of a son of a sailor. But he’s more than that—he’s a sailor himself. His latest sailboat graced the cover of the July/August issue of SAILING

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