07 August 2011

Maritime innovation

Due to the kindness of a friend and colleague, I wound up spending five hours on a sailboat on Saturday, the prototype of one of these.

"These" being a 25 foot, cat-boat rigged, not-necessarily-provided-with-booms, flat-bottomed sail boat that had what were to my mostly inexperienced view really remarkably good sailing characteristics.  I wouldn't want to take one across the broad Atlantic, but I would not be surprised to discover that someone had, sort of thing.  (Also, Yves, the captain?  Made sailing backwards for one leg of the triangle around swimmers (who had been, and would be again, passengers) look trivial.  So my impression may not have the boat/skill ratio quite right.)

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