• Sailing Fundamentals

    Our beginner level courses are designed to insure you get off to a smooth start. First, you will be placed aboard with other students of similar skill and experience levels. Learn more

  • Introduction to Racing

    We will work on boathandling, sail trim and spinnaker handling during the first part of the week and then move on to starting and boat against boat speed and tactical drills. Learn more

  • U.S. Sailing Certifications

    Learning to sail is part dream, part great instruction, and part hands-on experience. All of these come together in the US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification System. Learn more

Onboard Crew Training

Crew Training Special!.Our spring crew training special is back. This is a great way to kickstart you and your crews 2014 racing season. Call us now to schedule 4 hours of training on your boat, (410)280-2040.

Do less – The Art of “Trying Not To Try,” and the Chinese concept of “Wu-wei”

Hello from Atlanta.  ATLANTA?  Do they sail in Atlanta?  In fact they do.  Yesterday I ripped around Lake Lanier in 20-30 knot winds and during that daunting session the concept of knowing how energy to apply at the any given moment came up.  As the intensity of the wind increases, often so does the “input” sailors give the boat.  Interestingly, that’s not always the right move.  The art of doing less is not a new concept – and NPR’s Tom Ashbrook recently had a show about this exact concept – here is what he had to say:

The art and power of spontaneity, in ancient philosophy, in jazz, in everyday life. We’ll look at “Trying Not To Try,” the Chinese concept of “Wu-wei”, and the completely focused mental state of “flow.”

The old reggae song says “Try. Try and try. You’ll succeed at last.”  And we know there can be truth in that.  But we also know that grinding, stressful, pounding effort can turn self-defeating.  My guest today studies philosophy and neuroscience.  He says look to the way of spontaneity.  To the old Chinese philosophers of the Tao and more.  Get in the zone.  Act freely, spontaneously.  And you may find your most productive, creative self.  A Ttiger Mom might not get it.  But Yoda would, he says.  This hour On Point:  the Tao of spontaneity, the way of flow.  And trying not to try. 

Take a listen to the program – it might just make you a better sailor.

 

 

 

 

Team Building – What Business Can Learn from the Greatest Comeback in Sports History

What Business Can Learn from the Greatest Comeback in Sports History 

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by Nathan Bennett and Dave Forquer, Harvard Business Review
During last fall’s America’s Cup, Oracle Team USA staged the greatest comeback in modern sports history. On September 18, Skipper Jimmy Spithill’s crew was behind 8-1 in the best of 17 series. In just over a week, they rattled off eight straight victories to defeat Team New Zealand, 9-8. New Zealand didn’t get slower; Oracle got that much faster.

Hoping to find some generalizable lessons from the spectacular turnaround, we spent time learning about what happened that week from one of the crew, grinder Gilberto Nobili. What we heard suggested six pieces of advice that leaders of land-based businesses might do just as well to heed. Read more