All Hands on Deck

It's a brilliant day, cloudless and golden, and your sailboat is gleaming from bow to stern, the rippling waves reflecting off its shiny hull. The wind is strong, pushing you over the whitecaps at 6 to 7 knots. As it picks up speed, suddenly you're having a great sail, fast and loose, with 12 to 18 knots just ahead of the beam. The boat skims easily over the smooth swells, and clouds working northeast make for a gorgeous sky. You raise your sails, and you're dipping and soaring in the not-so-

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