When I was fourteen, my head filled with the tales of the old voyagers, my vision with tropic isles and far sea-rims, I was sailing a small centreboard skiff around San Francisco Bay and on the Oakland Estuary.
I pulled up my centreboard, ran full tilt into the mud, took in sail, and, standing in the stern, as I had often done at low tide, I began to shove the skiff with an oar.
She was a big, flat-bottomed, square-sterned craft, sloop-rigged, with a sprung mast, slack rigging, dilapidated sails, and rotten running-gear, clumsy to handle and uncertain in bringing about, and she smelled vilely of coal tar, with which strange stuff she had been smeared from stem to stern and from cabin-roof to centreboard
of this US administration's foreign policy team will remain Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, still steady in balancing competing views.
Balsas are buoyant and surprisingly rigid but without a rudder or centreboard
they can be difficult to manoeuvre.
Richards and the crew now affectionately refer to their charge as the 'Swiss Army Knife', because of the number of appendages she boasts: a hydrofoil wing, a retractable forward centreboard
, two retractable daggerboards, a canting keel, and the conventional rudder at the stern.
THE 470 is a pairs event which takes place in a double-handed monohull planing dinghy with a centreboard
, Bermuda rig, and centre sheeting.
Nazgul of Fordell, with its shape and deck typical of a vintage boat, has the quick works of a modern yacht, including a weighted keel and centreboard
and a carbon mast.
Of all things mechanical, he loved sailboats the most, planing into the wind with a sheet of canvas, a centreboard
and a tiller, which he picked up from perusing the Horatio Hornblower novels.
Despite starting 33-1, the daughter of Dr Fong always travelled well just off the pace before coming with a winning run on the outside and smoothly stretching two lengths clear of Centreboard