Saturday, July 18, 2009

Ever wonder what a pair of "Pessoptimrealist" look like...

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjust the sails.” –William Ward..

Thursday, July 16, 2009


I lifted this off of Sailing Anarchy this morning (always my first read.) It is an excerpt from a book titled "Saving Sailing" by Nicholas Hayes that is due for release in October.

I liked it.

"First, the physics: We rig a sleek, lightweight canoe with enormous wings, some that face up into the sky and some that face down into the sea. We listen to our senses and nature’s cues. We point things in roughly the right direction and are always awed when pure, free, invisible solar power grants us forward motion. Impressive speeds require tiny bits of energy, and sailboats use what they get very efficiently, leaving absolutely no waste or wake.
It is an engineering marvel; a scheme to trick water and air to cooperate to give motion. So good that it approaches the possibility of perpetual motion. Tuned right, a sailboat can go on forever. Set the sails, lock the tiller and stand down. Some cross oceans this way.
But a sailboat needs people to go well, and then it seems to take life. Small adjustments and constant care from teams return comfort, safety and speed.
And so the psychology: The sailor at the helm feels both directed by nature and, for a time, an anointed director of a privileged natural state. Sailors seek what they call “a groove” -- a few moments or occasionally hours where the boat is precisely balanced and the driver's concentration follows only water and wind.
On bigger boats sailed by groups, the groove only comes when the boat and the team are in perfect balance. Through their work, a sailboat’s passengers share rich, lasting emotional connections on par with the mingling of singers in a gospel choir or players in a jazz quartet. It is no coincidence that jazz players also seek a “groove,” a mix of rhythm, melody and riff that falls into place, and feels right, then and there. Once sailors or jazz musicians find their groove they are almost certainly addicted. It can be organic, mystical, erotic, magical and musical all at once...."

By Nicholas D. Hayes
Copyright 2009 Nicholas D. Hayes, All rights reserved.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Bens latest delivery...was on time!

Rock Hall, Maryland to Point Judith, Rhode Island June 27th to July 2nd....

Congratulations to Rich and Deb Walter on their beautiful Catalina 320 purchased from Salt Yacht Brokerage Company It was pleasure working with the Walters, not just a "brokerage sale" we where there to oversee the recommissioning and refit and safely deliver it up to Rhode Island.

I'm hoping Ben will write a short story and post more pictures about this delivery, stay tuned.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Riverton for the Fourth

Salt Yacht Brokerage Company will be open Friday the 3rd, closed July 4th & 5th...
By Monday Ben will be back from his successful delivery up to Point Judith and I will be back from family fun in Riverton... have a great Holiday!