By Patrick Goold(eds.)

This quantity unearths the knowledge we will examine from crusing, a recreation that pits human abilities opposed to the weather, exams the mettle and is a wealthy resource of beneficial classes in life.

  • Unravels the philosophical mysteries at the back of one of many oldest prepared human activities
  • Features contributions from philosophers and teachers in addition to from sailors themselves
  • Enriches appreciation of the game by means of probing its which means and value
  • Brings to existence the numerous purposes of philosophy to crusing and the profound classes it will probably train us
  • A thought-provoking learn for sailors and philosophers alike


Chapter 1 Ships of wooden and males of Iron (pages 1–11): Jack Stillwaggon
Chapter 2 successful Philosophy (pages 12–22): Gary Jobson
Chapter three “Hard a' Lee” (pages 23–35): Crista Lebens
Chapter four Solo crusing as non secular perform (pages 36–46): Richard Hutch
Chapter five Buddha's Boat (pages 47–60): James Whitehill
Chapter 6 Freedom of the Seas (pages 61–71): Gregory Bassham and Tod Bassham
Chapter 7 Sailors of the 3rd sort (pages 72–82): Steven Horrobin
Chapter eight What the Race to Mackinac ability (pages 81–95): Nicholas Hayes
Chapter nine crusing, move, and success (pages 96–108): Steve Matthews
Chapter 10 at the Crest of the Wave (pages 109–121): Jesus Ilundain?Agurruza, Luisa Gagliardini Graca and Jose Angel Jauregui?Olaiz
Chapter eleven Navigating what's worthy and steerage a path in Pursuit of Happiness (pages 122–132): Jesse Steinberg and Michael Stuckart
Chapter 12 should you Be (an) Einstein to appreciate crusing? (pages 133–147): Sebastian Kuhn
Chapter thirteen Paradoxes of boating (pages 148–163): John D. Norton
Chapter 14 the need of boating (pages 164–175): Tamar M. Rudavsky and Nathaniel Rudavsky?Brody
Chapter 15 The Channel (pages 176–179): Hilaire Belloc

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Our officers and boatswain get some of the credit. But there must have been another reason. Perhaps we wanted to prove we were worthy of each other’s trust. One example of bravery stunned us. We had finally emerged from a couple of days and nights of stormy weather and had set the fore and aft sails. The engine finally was shut down and the rolling stopped as we heeled over into a comfortable pitch and the seawater turned from green to blue as we entered the Gulf Stream. “All hands on deck” was called out as we tacked from port to starboard and back again hours later.

Sailing requires a level of skill that cannot be faked. If one takes a boat out on a sail and is not competent to do so, soon that fact will become apparent to all, including to one’s self, even though some may try to blame it on faulty equipment. Many sports demand a fair degree of skill to be enjoyable, but sailing without skill is not only unpleasant but can be dangerous. When the wind and the water have forced the realization that one is out of one’s league, the best to hope for is to get back safely and without damaging the boat.

The time to speak up is prior to the event, not after the fact. There is no room for Mondaymorning quarterbacking on board a boat. Striking the right balance will require some creativity at times. I recall a regatta in Maine in which one crewmember, sitting on the windward rail, constantly questioned the decisions of our afterguard. It was a tough series. The currents in Maine are complex and the wind was shifting dramatically. At times we looked great, at other times we did not. The key to doing well is to believe in your convictions and to stick with your game plan.

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