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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…Read More
Oh, how rumors get started! One of my students mentioned he had heard that the Chicago lighthouse off Navy Pier is haunted. Hmmmm. In my 25+ years of sailing out of Monroe and Burnham Harbors, I had never heard this. Turns out, another instructor was pulling this student’s leg. But that comment led me to…Read More
Also riprap or rip-rap.
Rip rap is all that rubble – rocks, granite blocks, broken concrete – that lies along our shorelines and breakwaters. Rip rap’s purpose: to prevent erosion from waves, ice, wind, scour, and other effects of weather.
But really, doesn’t it sound like the next music trend?
Quick. Think of a pirate movie where the captain wasn’t wearing an eye patch. Or an eye-patchless Halloween costume. No, the eye patches weren’t a fashion statement to look more badass. And, no, they weren’t covering a “Careful, you’ll poke your eye out injury.” The eye patch was a functional device thatRead More
America’s Cup 2017 in Chicago? One can only hope! Fingers crossed. This would be an amazing opportunity to showcase Chicago’s great sailing venues.Read More
So what’s with the “a” in front of familiar words like beam, stern and aft?Read More
Glassy water is gorgeous to look at… frustrating to sail. Look for cat’s-paws – textured, darker patches of water – and steer toward them. Cat’s-paws are tiny ripples on the water created by the wind moving across the surface of the water. On a light air day, steer toward them to find a bit of…Read More
“I hereby publicly retract anything and everything I have ever said about inland sailing.”*
Continuing the clock analogy… 12 o’clock. Wind on the nose = NoGo. 2 or 10. Wind on the cheekbone = Close haul. 3 or 9 = Wind straight on the ear or shoulder = Beam reach. 5 or 7. Wind behind the ear = Broad reach. 6. Wind directly on the back = Dead downwind.…Read More