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On Sailboats with Dieter Loibner

Rescuing the sailor and saving the boat

Derk Wolmuth at the helm of Bela Bartok during the San Francisco Bay start of the Singlehanded TransPacific Yacht RaceI was livid. Stranded on I-5 with a flat, I had to call for a tow because I was missing a critical part. It wasn’t just the delay but the embarrassment of asking someone to bail me out.

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In praise of the proa: yellow, odd and fast

The author learns the ins and outs of proa sailing on the Eastern Shore of Chesapeake Bay.When John Harris talks about purple cows he’s taking a detour to the French countryside, which is dotted by millions of indistinctive black-and-white bovines. What he’s really talking about is his yellow boat — not a submarine, like the one the Beatles sang about, although as a trained musician he’d dig that one, too.

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No quit and no limits for this solo sailor

“You can spend your entire life knocking on the front door to the world of sailing and Gary Jobson isn’t going to open it. Or you can kick the door down and say, ‘Here I am.’ “

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After a lifetime away, No. 5 Elbe is home

No. 5 Elbe takes guests for a spin on her namesake waters.The sun had chased the fog out to sea. The Golden Gate’s red spires propped up an azure sky as she spread her wings and heeled to the breeze. Her plumb stem forcefully shouldered aside the boiling ebb, delighting the gawkers ashore who never saw this display of grace and power by the schooner Wander Bird on San Francisco Bay.

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A schooner, a crowd and an epic moment

THE MAGIC MOMENT: Bonavista slides down the ways and into Marstal harbor, just as she did 98 years ago.Sapphire skies, juicy green meadows and sparkling water. Not a blade of grass out of whack. It was a day to remember in the town of Marstal, on the Danish island of Ærø. If this brings on vowel-anxiety, relax. This isn’t about phonetics but salty schooners, the people who built them and those who sailed them to faraway places.

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