I really believe every sailor should follow the stories that he or she finds most relevant to their own sailing life. What I mean is that reading about one incident, boat, or person that inspires you will lead you to more stories that you will find intriguing and which will "fill in" the background for your own sailing saga.
My own entry to sailing was ... (more)
I think everyone should know the story of Sir Peter Blake.
He was one of the most successful sailors of all time. He not only won the America's Cup in 1995, and then again in 2000, making him the first skipper to successfully defend the Cup from the Americans, but he had wide ranging success elsewhere.
Among other things, he was one of the first skipper... (more)
The bowline is easy to untie, but only when it's not under tension.
The working end (D) goes through a bight (C3). That means that when you pull on the line (A), the bight is tightened around the working end. That compresses the loop through the bight, and since it can't compress it any further, the knot remains intact. The pressure on C2 prevents any ... (more)