Eighty-three years ago, aboard one of the storied schooners of the age, a father was performing chores on the topmast rigging, up where the seabirds fly. Suddenly he discovered he was not alone there, with 60 feet of air between his feet and the hard.
It was a heart-stopping moment.more
Being thoughts about a book, Convergence, by Sally-Christine Rodgers, on cruising the Pacific in relative luxury and stress and discoverymore
The next generation in cruiser-racer multihulls is not the boat in the picture, but . . .more
Cyclone Pam has left a trail of destruction across the 65 islands of Vanuatu, dealing damage also in Kiribati and the Solomons.more
Right about now would be the perfect time for the National Sailing Hall of Fame to honor Paralympic gold medalist Nick Scandone.
I have every confidence it will happen one year or another. What puts the bang in the now is the way in which sailing was dropped from the lineup of events for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo — and the push to get sailing reinstated. The chorus is strong and the ranks are broad, but there remains a lot of convincing ahead if we’re going to turn the International Paralympic Committee around on this one.
It’s such a common phrase, such a common feeling, that we take it for granted. The romance of the sea. Even those who dwell far from the sea are not immune to it. Red sails in the sunset. The very notion of sailing away to paradise. Those who heed the call, those who love the sea and sailing, will not find it strange that a sailor would choose Valentine’s Day to write a love letter to the sport.more
Dr. Sylvia Earle, oceanographer, diver, explorer and warrior on behalf of oceans stewardship, was chief scientist at NOAA until she figured out that the job came with a muzzle.more