Author: Laurel Johnson

Resources for more sailing information

Want information faster than I can write? Check out these great resources:  US Sailing  Sign up for classes at a US Sailing-certified school and you’ll be assured of a consistent, curriculum-driven experience, with certification that is transferable to other US Sailing schools. Get started with Basic Keelboat, the beginning text. Also check out the US Sailing channel on YouTube.  US Sailing is the governing body for sailing in the US, the official representative for the sport of sailing to the Olympic Committee, Congress and US Coast Guard.  American Sailing Association  Where US Sailing is more focused on technique and racing, ASA classes are more focused on cruising. Check them out on YouTube.  A Boater’s Guide to the Federal Requirements for Recreational Boats The US Coast Guard “Rules of the Road” for boating safely and legally. Includes critical information on safety equipment, operating proceedures, navigation rules, aids to navigation and more. Be sure to download the PDF. Sailing for Dummies JJ Isler, Peter Isler. Wiley Publishing, Inc, Hoboken, NJ (2006)  One of the better “for dummies” books …

Welcome Aboard!

As my copywriting life merges with my sailing life, I’m starting a new series of blog posts, called KnotReady. Here you’ll find information on … Knots Basics of sailing Sailing words Safety Fun facts Quirky stories You might be asking, with so many great sailing resources out there, why would I do this. My hope is to make sailing information more accessible for more students, with more visual cues, alt text, scripts, captions and memory aids to help more people enjoy their time on the water.  Because Lake Michigan is still rather icy, I’m focused on written posts – dryland learning. Look forward to a few videos after June, once boats are in the water.  Let me know how I’m doing. If a post isn’t accessible, or if it’s just not clear, please leave a comment.  Fair winds and following seas,  Captain Laurel 

Friend of a friend

Originally posted on Danny Gregory:
So, recently, a business associate told me I should further develop my network on LinkedIn. I know that’s sort of a horrible sentence but there you have it. I have business associates and they advise me to do things that probably have some purpose beyond my understanding. Generally I am okay with following their directives so long as they don’t involve public nudity or large amounts of money. They know more than me about some stuff. The way LinkedIn works is by burrowing into your address book and your resume and your underwear drawer and pulling up long lists of names and smiling portraits and you are supposed to click on people who you know and want to link to. When you do, each person’s links are then joined to yours in an ever-expanding gyre of connections until every man, woman and Chihuahua on the planet is arrayed in concentric circles around you. Let me now confess something else to you. Despite how garrulous I may appear within the confines…