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“Out of sight of land the sailor feels safe. It is the beach that worries him.”                                                      Charles G. David

While watching

Japan earthquake: Footage of moment tsunami hit

Seeing those boats smashed against the shore and destroyed by just one wave, it made me wonder, would they have survived with plenty of sea-room? Would they have had a chance further out at sea? Not that I need an experience like that to satisfy my curiosity, but I think they would have been better of nowhere near a shore line.

“Only two sailors, in my experience, never ran aground. One never left port and the other was an atrocious liar.”                                 Don Bamford

The very first year of sailing I got beached several times. Learning it the hard way (with plenty of mistakes) I found out all about “Kedging” before I ever heard the word. Thanks to be said to my poor little , being a wooden boat, she is build like a tank and can handle a certain amount of abuse from novice sailors (hence a perfect slope to teach you the art of sailing).

The goal is not to sail the boat, but rather to help the boat sail herself.

John Rousmaniere

In the beginning I was constantly fighting with my boat. This created a lot of tension and frustration at times. Since long now I have learned to let the “puffin” do & be what she is rightfully named after: a little bird, that likes to fly all over the place. All you have to do, keep the wind in her sail…curious?

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