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“A little thing like this will happen to the best small-boat sailors, and yet, though I instantly let go the sheet and righted, I was cheered sarcastically, as though I had been guilty of a very awkward blunder.”
“I was keyed up to concert pitch, my brain was working smoothly and quickly, my hands never fumbled once, and it seemed that I almost divined the thousand little things which a small-boat sailor must be taking into consideration every second.”
“No standard compasses, and you know what a small-boat horizon is, with a big sea, for a sextant.”
“Permit banks, which sell or lease quotas at below-market rates, would help ensure that small-boat fishing communities could stay in business.”
“This is how Slocum, in his book, explained the switch to small-boat sailing: "The old boating trick came back fresh to me, the love of the thing itself gaining on me as the little ship stood out; and my crew with one voice said, 'Go on.”
“Barring captains and mates of big ships, the small-boat sailor is the real sailor.”
“At the time they try your mettle and your vocabulary, and may make you so pessimistic as to believe that God has a grudge against you but afterward, ah, afterward, with what pleasure you remember them and with what gusto do you relate them to your brother skippers in the fellowhood of small-boat sailing!”
“A splendid pictorial argument against the alleged joys of small-boat sailing.”
“In my case it is usually San Francisco Bay, than which no lustier, tougher, sheet of water can be found for small-boat sailing.”
“The point of all of which is that it is by means of small-boat sailing that the real sailor is best schooled.”
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