In his book Plain Sailing, Dallas Murphy gives new sailors the essential information needed to get on a boat and become a significant crewmember, while also offering experienced sailors a strong reminder of what it means to be out there in the first place. Murphy’s straightforward philosophy is this: learning to see like a sailor means appreciating the inherent beauty of wind on sail. It is a delicate balance of technical training and intuition that leads one to become a successful, happy sailor. For newbie sailors and salty dogs alike, this is a refreshing approach that inevitably leads to a more rewarding sailing experience.
Ask Sail: Are Self-trackers Worth It?
Q: I’m seeing more and more self-tacking jibs out on the water (and in the pages of SAIL) these days. I can’t help thinking these boats are all hopelessly underpowered, especially off the wind, when compared to boats with even slightly overlapping headsails. But I could be ...read more