The Gadget that is Fueling a #SailingRevolution

July 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

The Sailing Gadget that Changes Everything

Undoubtedly, the most popular small boat sailing gadget today is the tiny, light, gasket-sealed digital movie camera, which has sailors worldwide starring in their own homemade YouTube and Vimeo hits, like the one from which this screenshot was taken. It might seem, at first blush, as if the digital movie camera is one dimensional and might not have the same utility as the powerful racing and navigational computers found on big boats. But I’ve come to think that videos may be far more important to sailing in the long run. In fact, camera technology is helping to fuel a sailing revolution where real, up-close experiences matter and where contagious, authentic enthusiasm for the sport can go viral anywhere in the world.

Read why in Sailing Magazine.

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Sail trim is more than ‘sheet it’ and ‘cleat it’

May 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

Sailors make macro adjustments like changing sails or reefing when conditions warrant. However, these mega moves happen about as often as one might change from forward to reverse in a car, sometimes once or twice during a trip, rarely more. More often, sailors are “shifting gears” as if driving a manual transmission car, powering up or down to get into the right gear, and making constant fine adjustments to find the groove. How do they do it?

In this sailing ‘how-to’, I offer upwind sailtrim suggestions for the novice wanting to learn more, and for the experienced sailor looking for a refresher.  Read it in the May 2014 Learn to Sail issue of Sailing Magazine. If you want to follow along with slides, download the classroom material that the narrative is based on, here.

Upwind Sail Trim

 

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Are sailing clubs compatible with 21st century social trends?

February 4, 2014 § 4 Comments

Adult Women Go Sailing

The fastest growing and most active group entering sailing is made up of active outdoorsy adult women. (For decades, most sailing newcomers were boys.)

But Sailing’s adult female newcomer is rightly skeptical that membership in a club is necessary to her sailing. Why fight through a thick residue of archaic attitudes when your mission is to go blast reaching with your friends and then post clips?

So like the disruptive new technology that reshaped the America’s Cup, this new demographic is shaking sailing’s traditional institutions – sailing and yacht clubs –  to their core.

Read more at Sailing Magazine.

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The time for seasickness advice is before the head is in the bucket

November 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

Sailing in waves: Photo courtesy Chris Gribble

Never offer a feel-good suggestion to a green-faced crewmate. It’s a sure way to make a bad situation worse. Instead, let’s tackle the sour subject of seasickness, and what to do about it, in the safe confines of a fine, stable magazine like Sailing.

Most medical experts will say that seasickness is a response to the eyes seeing one thing and the body feeling another, or vice versa. When there is a conflict, the primitive brain thinks it is hallucinating and assumes that the body has been poisoned, so it sends the purge command. Some say that the only cure is to eliminate the conflict and that means staying home. That doesn’t help folks who want to learn to sail. Read the rest in this month’s issue of Sailing Magazine.

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Imagine: Open Source Laser Sailing

September 6, 2013 § 2 Comments

Laser Regatta

Anyone who has sailed a Laser will tell you that it is first and always a nimble sportboat—responsive, sized right, intuitive, thrilling to sail on a reach and the magnet at the center of a modern social network. Laser fleets are usually age, ability and gender agnostic, and Laser sailors are generally welcoming and helpful to each other.

But legal battles regarding the license to build the Laser may kill this masterpiece of sailing couture and culture. So thousands of Laser sailors are wondering about their investment. They have a lot to be worried about.

Here’s an idea. Go Open Source.

Read more in the September 2013 issue of Sailing Magazine.

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