The Corner

Splice The Mainbrace!

Top ten things I have learned in nine hours of sailing instruction.

(10) The boom gets its name from the sound you hear when it hits your head.

(9) You can secure pretty much anything with a bowline knot.

(8) When the opposite rail goes under the water, you are about to capsize,

and there isn’t a darn thing you can do about it.

(7) It is much easier to right a capsized boat when you remembered to put

the center-board down. (Because you can pull, then sit, on it.)

(6) When re-boarding after a capsize, climb in at the STERN. Anything else

is asking for a repeat capsize.

(5) Tacking is much easier than jibing. In fact, jibing should probably be

banned by federal law.

(4) If you doubt the modern physical theory that space has six extra

“hidden” dimensions, meet the TILLER EXTENSION.

(3) Sheets, halyards, stays and shrouds are all different things. None of

them is the same as the other. They just LOOK the same.

(2) It is much harder than you would think to know where the wind is coming

from. And when you have finally figured it out and got the boat moving, by

the law of vector addition, the wind is now coming from a DIFFERENT place.

(1) You can’t do ANYTHING with a sail boat if it isn’t moving.

Most Popular

Culture

Our Real Systemic Problem

America’s got a problem that’s systemic in nature. This problem has less to do with individual intentions than the structure within which our intentions are formed. That structure explains a great deal about observed disparities in wealth, and other advantages, between various racial and ethnic groups. It ... Read More
Culture

Our Real Systemic Problem

America’s got a problem that’s systemic in nature. This problem has less to do with individual intentions than the structure within which our intentions are formed. That structure explains a great deal about observed disparities in wealth, and other advantages, between various racial and ethnic groups. It ... Read More
Elections

The Stolen-Election Narrative Needs to End

Happy Cyber Monday! On the menu today: The president speculates that the U.S. Department of Justice and FBI may be involved in the effort to steal the election from him; China hopes that you and the rest of the world forget how the pandemic started; and the 2020 edition of the annual NR Cyber Monday shopping ... Read More
Elections

The Stolen-Election Narrative Needs to End

Happy Cyber Monday! On the menu today: The president speculates that the U.S. Department of Justice and FBI may be involved in the effort to steal the election from him; China hopes that you and the rest of the world forget how the pandemic started; and the 2020 edition of the annual NR Cyber Monday shopping ... Read More
Film & TV

Ted Lasso Nails Brits and Americans

Ever spent much time in England? I have. Spring of 2012, it rained for a month. I don’t mean intermittently. The clouds opened on April 1, and they didn’t close until May. It was like living under a waterfall. Ever notice that rain makes people a tad grumpy? I began to suspect a connection between the ... Read More
Film & TV

Ted Lasso Nails Brits and Americans

Ever spent much time in England? I have. Spring of 2012, it rained for a month. I don’t mean intermittently. The clouds opened on April 1, and they didn’t close until May. It was like living under a waterfall. Ever notice that rain makes people a tad grumpy? I began to suspect a connection between the ... Read More