Editorial June 2008 Issue

The Art of Defying Gravity

It is easy to dismiss singlehanded ocean sailing as sheer madness. It is challenge enough to meet the sea in a small boat—why would anyone choose to do it alone? During our liveaboard years, my wife Theresa and I always seemed to connect with the singlehanders in the anchorage. Often, we ended up sailing in their company for weeks or months. Perhaps we were touched by a bit of madness ourselves. In retrospect, though, I think it was a mixture of sympathy and fascination that drew us toward singlehanded sailors. Theresa couldn’t bear to watch a handsome sailor survive on rice and beans—most of them were young men with little money. And their spirit of adventure, if not sheer recklessness, intrigued me.

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