Ken Read has skippered in the America’s Cup, gone around the world on a Volvo Ocean Race yacht, and today is President of North Sails Group. As Ken says, he owes everything in his life to sailing, beginning with the weekend sails he did with his family on a 30-foot sloop they inherited.

This short clip is from an entertaining talk Ken gave during the inaugural US Sailing Leadership Forum, held in Portsmouth, Rhode Island in March, 2014.


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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 


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

A Guide to Steering without a Rudder: Methods and Equipment Tested

by Michael Keyworth

I have been concerned for several years with the frequency of rudder loss and/or failure and the consequences of boats being lost or crew injured or lives lost. The purpose of the tests was to determine the best method and equipment to effectively steer the vessel to a safe port in the event of catastrophic rudder failure.

The goal was to utilize the equipment normally taken on the vessel on offshore passages or races. This guide is the result of multiple tests conducted in the fall of 2013 off of Newport, RI. The test vessel was a modified MK I Swan 44, Chasseur.   Read more

J World welcomes Eurotrash Girl

Long standing Chesapeake Bay contender Eurotrash Girl joins the J World stable today.  She is a ocean equipped J 120 with a long list of victories and smiles on her resume.  The J 120 is the boat we have been pining for here at the world for years.  She is a modern comfortable cruiser that is right at home on the race course as well.  We plan to use her to expand our cruising course curriculum and add some big boat racing programs.  Stay tuned.

The slow move from Jabin's yard to J World.
The slow move from Jabin’s yard to J World.
Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home


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