Articles

By Pietro Fantoni

Originally published on Snipe.it on January 2006

Attention! Today you will not read of tactics, strategies, spreader lengths and shroud tension. You will read about something much more important and vital for you to win a championship, a race, or just to touch the ground safely. So concentrate and take notes!

There are very few who, in the age of the Internet, admit to being superstitious. They will only admit that they follow some habit or routine. But superstition has been part of our sport since man became a sailor. He instantly realized that the sea can be a hostile place, especially when it was still believed that the earth had an edge that could be sailed off. The sea imposes respect and evokes fears, so there are many superstitions, rituals and taboos. The intelligent modern sailor, not leaving anything to chance, should still observe these.

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When I think of the (little) time we spend racing, compared to the (much) time spent traveling, loading boats, rigging boats, waiting for the wind or waiting until the wind decreases--in a busy life with not a minute to spare, sailing is the “sport of waitings.” The waitings, however, are amply compensated by the fun at sea.

In terms of time and effort, we spend a lot of time on the roads and, in rare cases by plane. How much time is spent traveling? I think it is difficult to calculate the hours that each of us has spent driving a car or van towing a trailer with a boat. I am often inclined to think that those who race dinghies, more than being sailors, are professional car or truck drivers!

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