Sailing to Simplicity: Life Lessons Learned at Sea

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A lyrical voyage of self discovery for all sailors. Sailors are interested as much in the journey as the destination. This collection of thirty beautifully written and evocative vignettes and the simple lessons they convey will appeal to any sailor—or anyone who knows a sailor. Familiar yet profound,these observations reaffirm why time on the water is time well spent. Migael Scherer offers vivid glimpses oflife aboard—of trimming sails,anchoring,making repairs,being fogbound—that convey ...
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A lyrical voyage of self discovery for all sailors. Sailors are interested as much in the journey as the destination. This collection of thirty beautifully written and evocative vignettes and the simple lessons they convey will appeal to any sailor—or anyone who knows a sailor. Familiar yet profound,these observations reaffirm why time on the water is time well spent. Migael Scherer offers vivid glimpses oflife aboard—of trimming sails,anchoring,making repairs,being fogbound—that convey bold,simple,thought-provoking truths. And she reflects on what her boat and the sea have taught her: a zen-like wisdom and peace of mind,flexibility in the face of chaos,a deeper appreciation of the richness of each moment. All in all,this is a marvelous affirmation of the beauty of sailing.

"Sailing to Simplicity" is a lovely,captivating book. Migael Scherer's writing is like sialing itself - a whole world of complexity distilled into moments of pure,elemental beauty. Whether you're the captain,a crew member,a passenger,or just someone who loves to watch,imagine,or dream about life beneath filled sails,read this book. " - Richard Nelson,author,essayist,and American Book Award nominee. Migael Scherer offers vivid,engaging glimpses of life aboard—trimming sails,anchoring,making repairs,being silently captured by fog—that convey simple,thought-provoking truths. And she reflects on what the sea has shown her: inklings of a Zen-like wisdom and peace of mind,flexibility in the face of chaos,a deeper appreciation of the richness of each moment. Scherer casts a net of words,and the bounty she hauls back for us to share is the promise that—as much asriches or adventure—has lured sailors through the ages: the secrets of living. Sailing to Simplicity is an affirmation of the beauty of sailing—and of life.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780071353267
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill School Education Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 7.33 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface.
Setting Out.
Angle of Heel.
The Perfect Airfoil.
Coming About.
Trimming the Sails.
Reading the Weather.
Shakedown.
Small Stuff.
To Sail or Motor?
Provisioning.
Weathered In.
Hauled Out.
The Right Bait.
Following Seas.
The Broken Impeller.
On the Hook.
Against the Sea.
Sails, Engines, Oars, and Paddles.
Fogbound.
Conveniences, Comforts, and Upgrades.
Shortening Sail.
Becalmed.
Maiden Voyage.
Locking Through.
A Cruising Pace.
Dragging Anchor.
Mending the Sail.
Storm Watch.
A Rowing Lesson.
Home Waters.
Acknowledgements.
List of Messages.
About the Author.
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