So I’ve got your attention. You want to try sailing. How do you get started? There are many opportunities, some better than others. Crew for someone else First things first. Sailing is not for everyone. Either you love it or you don’t and you need to find out if this is what you really want … Continue reading "Getting Started in Yacht Racing"
Evil Waves is a Santana 30/30GP built in 1984. After 6 years of racing our J/27, Mad Max, we decided to move up to a boat with more room for our cameras, satellite phone and other equipment. The new boat spent her first winter in Riverside, N.J. where Custom Offshore completed some needed maintenance. Now … Continue reading "Evil Waves"
Buying your Cruiser Ok, you’ve figured out what you want, checked your finances and you’re ready to buy the boat to carry you to the ends of the earth. Before you run off in all directions at once get organized and get ready for some serious negotiations. Some buyers do get lucky, find the boat … Continue reading "Buying “THE” Boat – a personal experience"
Part of achieving success on the race course involves crew functioning to maximum effectiveness at critical moments during the race. That usually gets accomplished through meaningful communication of what is to happen when, and by whom. Now that sounds pretty stupidly straight-forward, if you ask me, but you’d be surprised how often results are negatively … Continue reading "On Crew Communications"
So You Want to Help America. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is more than just boats… by Prof. Wayne Spivak A few short weeks ago, life for America changed for ever. Just as it did some 59 years ago, Americans were shaken from compliancy by acts so horrific, they belie simple explanations. Even back then, the … Continue reading "Coast Guard America"
Yacht Racing is a complex sport! Combining art and science, endurance and intellect, yacht racing humbles the young and old alike. We amateur “Beer Can” racers don’t make any money doing this, so what value do we receive from sailing? It is said that, “man invented the slowest form of transportation, sailboats, and then decided … Continue reading "The Whole Game – Yacht Racing"