Sailing Magazine - On the Wind https://sailingmagazine.net/articles.sec-114-1-on-the-wind.html Sat, 25 Jun 22 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 Don’t waste good champagne to christen a boat with a dreadful name https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2403-don%25E2%2580%2599t-waste-good-champagne-to-christen-a-boat-with-a-dreadful-name.html It was a beautiful morning and I was rowing our tender ashore to grab a Sunday paper. I like rowing, and the fiberglass tender is fun for rowing (unlike those baggy gray inflatables), and I didn’t w...]]> Hosting boats from high-tech to discarded relics, boatyards are both playground and graveyard https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2394-hosting-boats-from-high-tech-to-discarded-relics-boatyards-are-both-playground-and-graveyard.html Vesper’s giant carbon fiber rig towered over the rest of the boats in the yard like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar visiting a kindergarten classroom at nap time. The TP52 glistened in perfect glossy shades of ...]]> Fitting out projects require an educated thumb, just don’t varnish naked https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2382-fitting-out-projects-require-an-educated-thumb-just-don%25E2%2580%2599t-varnish-naked.html When it comes to refitting your boat, whether it’s for the upcoming season or to upgrade it in general, I’m happy to report (from more boats than I’ll admit to), that there is one item that does...]]> Much-maligned runners have their advantages https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2370-much-maligned-runners-have-their-advantages.html Our local fleet champ recently declared that he’s done with sailing. “This is it,” he said. “When this sailboat sells I’m not buying another. Runabouts don’t have runners.” He’s a ter...]]> Slippery bottoms are the key to go-fast sailing https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2358-slippery-bottoms-are-the-key-to-go-fast-sailing.html We were standing in the yacht club bar after the race when Jon arrived and grabbed my arm. “Were you just feeling her bottom?” he demanded, which turned every ear along the bar into little pointed...]]> The weather you get, not the weather you want https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2352-the-weather-you-get-not-the-weather-you-want.html Whenever a newcomer comes to town I usher him or her to our priceless waterfront and we talk sailing. If I see even a flicker of curiosity, I suggest sailing lessons. Our town benefits greatly from on...]]> Trust what your eyes tell you, and you will always know how the wind is blowing https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2346-trust-what-your-eyes-tell-you-and-you-will-always-know-how-the-wind-is-blowing.html I was considering the 55th anniversary of SAILING, and I asked the question, “What is the one thing that binds all SAILING readers together aside, of course, from great photos and even greater ...]]> Sailors keep an even keel, crisis be damned https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2334-sailors-keep-an-even-keel-crisis-be-damned.html If you’re a child of the 1960s or before, you may recall the first oil embargo when prices spiked and shortages had drivers wasting weekends in line at the gas pump, like we saw in May 2021 on the E...]]> Sailing affirmations can unlock your best self https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2328-sailing-affirmations-can-unlock-your-best-self.html She Who Must Be Obeyed is a big believer in affirmations. Until she entered my life one spring vacation many moons ago, I freely admit that I didn’t know what an affirmation was. Or, at least, I did...]]> Hey racers: The cruisers are coming, tone it down https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2306-hey-racers-the-cruisers-are-coming-tone-it-down.html Sailing can seem bicameral—like a 50/50 Senate—split between racers whose passion is intense competition, strategy and speed, and cruisers seeking fun-in-the-sun and vacations to exotic locales. ...]]> When America’s Cup sailors suit up for battle, they ditch the Topsiders and khaki shorts https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2295-when-america%25E2%2580%2599s-cup-sailors-suit-up-for-battle-they-ditch-the-topsiders-and-khaki-shorts.html Last weekend, with a fine breeze blowing, I decided to take the Laser out. Me to She Who Must Be Obeyed: “Hey, honey, do you know where my oxygen tank and mouthpiece are?” SWMBO to me: “Where t...]]> Let’s hope a newfound kind of sailing sticks around https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2282-let%25E2%2580%2599s-hope-a-newfound-kind-of-sailing-sticks-around.html Before Covid-19, sailing seemed stuck in place: it was the same boats moored in the same marina sailing to the same destination or starting on the same line and racing the same course against the sa...]]> The luxury of onboard showers can leave you all wet https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2268-the-luxury-of-onboard-showers-can-leave-you-all-wet.html Full disclosure. I love showers. Hot showers. Long, hot showers. I have done some of my best thinking during a leisurely shower, and it reached the point where I installed my own waterproof notepad: a...]]> How to convince your teenagers to sail with you https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2257-how-to-convince-your-teenagers-to-sail-with-you.html The question I’m asked about most often is about family sailing. The scenario differs only slightly: Usually a parent of teenagers aspires to sail in a family group, but can’t convince the kids to...]]> Paper charts hold secrets that modern GPS units can’t https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2244-paper-charts-hold-secrets-that-modern-gps-units-can%25E2%2580%2599t.html Didn’t you cut it a little close to Point Loma?” my friend Jon said on the phone the other day.   “What are you talking about?” I said. “I’m looking at the course you laid out to cl...]]> The time to sail is coming https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2228-the-time-to-sail-is-coming.html Memories of post-race parties run together, but one stands out, not just for the fun being had (fun was definitely had) but for the shocking dockside news that awaited the unknowing fleet. After thre...]]> Sailing is the ultimate and best method of social distancing https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2223-sailing-is-the-ultimate-and-best-method-of-social-distancing.html It had never occurred to me, until this pandemic put everyone into self-imposed exile, that sailing is a magnificently and spectacularly solitary endeavor. I now realize that many of my best memories ...]]> On this we can agree: On a boat we’re all friends https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2212-on-this-we-can-agree-on-a-boat-we%25E2%2580%2599re-all-friends.html Sailing boasts unmatched power to make quick comrades from nemeses. For example, when climate change provocateur Greta Thunberg chose to sail across the Atlantic Ocean instead of flying, sailing soci...]]> A return to sailing by the seat of your pants https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2205-a-return-to-sailing-by-the-seat-of-your-pants.html Iwent sailing with an old friend recently on his 38-foot racer-cruiser that shall remain nameless because what I’m about to say has nothing to do with the boat, which was quite fun to sail.  B...]]> The last of the paper charts, and the memories that go with them https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2179-the-last-of-the-paper-charts-and-the-memories-that-go-with-them.html It was a quarter of a century ago but it seems like yesterday. We were 50 miles into a 120-mile overnight passage bound north by northeast. Our homeport lights had fallen below the horizon  so o...]]> Nothing says you’re a sailor like a scruffy, well-worn duffel https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2174-nothing-says-you%25E2%2580%2599re-a-sailor-like-a-scruffy-well-worn-duffel.html To be a real sailor is more than knowing your knots and how to trim sails for the conditions. It’s also looking the part. Just as Boy Scouts have merit badges, so too do sailors have their status sy...]]> When offshore sailboats fly sailing has entered sci-fi https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2165-when-offshore-sailboats-fly-sailing-has-entered-sci-fi.html Footage of the foiling IMOCA 60s is sci-fi. And I’m not just talking about the sailing shots.  Watching the new Apivia emerge from its shed is like seeing a stealth fighter jet for the first t...]]> A $10 sailing outfit might be the key to getting more people into sailing https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2153-a-%252410-sailing-outfit-might-be-the-key-to-getting-more-people-into-sailing.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2143-good-boats-have-owners-great-boats-have-stewards.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2135-ornery-seagull-outboards-taught-a-generation-never-to-get-into-a-dinghy-without-oars.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2116-how-to-know-if-you%25E2%2580%2599re-really-a-sailor.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2103-sailing-prepares-kids-for-adulthood-if-you-take-away-the-snowplow.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2090-the-gift-my-boat-can%25E2%2580%2599t-get-enough-of.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2081-sailboat-racing-should-be-a-simple-game.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2072-a-sailing-story-in-five-chapters.html 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...]]>