Thursday, July 09, 2009
Aidan: What's this Grandad?
Tillerman: It's a magazine called Sailing World, Aidan.
What's it about?
Sailing... sort of.
You mean racing dinghies such as Lasers. Like you and Daddy do?
Not really Aidan. There's not much of that kind of sailing in Sailing World these days.
What do you mean Grandad?
Look at all the pictures. What do you see?
Lots of big boats.
Exactly. Sailing World seems to be mainly about big boats these days. Giant multihulls in the America's Cup, Volvo 70s, a Gunboat 66, Farr 40s. Articles about big boat stuff like electric winches, building a well-rounded sail inventory... Yawn.
Are you tired Grandad?
No Aidan. Just bored with all this big boat stuff in Sailing World. They don't seem to care about dinghy sailors any more.
What about this article by Andy Horton on How to Win the End Game?
It's OK. But a lot of his advice is only relevant for boats that take a long time to build up speed, such as the Etchells. Some of it applies to Laser sailing but not much.
How about this Dick Rose article on the Racing Rules? Don't dinghies have to follow the same rules as big boats?
Yes Aidan. But almost every article I have read about the new Rules this year can be summarized as "a lot of the words in the Rules have changed but the game hasn't."
What about this article on wind and strategy by Stuart Walker? Surely that is interesting to dinghy sailors?
Have you read it, Aidan?
Grandad, you know I'm not quite one year old yet. Even Goodnight Moon's plot is a bit too complicated for me. And Dr. Walker's article has a lot of really long words.
It sure does, Aidan. Frankly I don't understand most of it myself. Dr. Walker is a great sailor and he knows a lot about wind, but he's a terrible writer. Even your Daddy who's awfully smart and very clever with words agrees with me on that one.
But doesn't Sailing World have people who know how to write clearly? Couldn't they help poor Dr.Walker to write in a way so that ordinary sailors could understand him?
Apparently not, Aidan. Apparently not.
So why do you buy this magazine Grandad if it doesn't have much stuff about the kind of sailing you like?
Good question Aidan. I'm certainly not going to renew my subscription this year. But it used to be better. Look at all these old copies I saved from the early 90's. Full of articles about dinghy sailing technique and new small boats and what to wear for dinghy sailing and reports of dinghy regattas. It was a good magazine back then.
Thanks for explaining all that Grandad. When I'm older will you teach me how to sail a Laser?
Sure Aidan. It will be a pleasure.
Can I go and play in my pool now Grandad?
Sure Aidan. Have fun.
Posted by Tillerman at 6:12 PM