Leave a clean wake

Yachting Monthly - - EXPERT ON BOARD -

The late Ge­off Pack, YM editor and ocean cruiser, said that cruis­ing sailors should ‘leave a clean wake.’ He meant that we must think about the ef­fect our ac­tions will have on oth­ers and make sure that ev­ery­one’s mem­ory of us is a good one. We won’t get it right ev­ery time, but the more aware we are of what may cause an­noy­ance, the hap­pier we all shall be.

I pro­posed this ar­ti­cle to YM half-ex­pect­ing them to kick it into the high-tide sedge. They didn’t. In fact, the of­fice de­scended into up­roar as one hobby-horse af­ter another sur­faced. All of us are in­censed by some­thing done or left un­done. Mo­tor­boaters an­noy sailors, sailors in­fu­ri­ate mo­tor­boaters. Rac­ers drive us nuts while main­tain­ing a con­stant state of dis­be­lief at the lack of con­sid­er­a­tion they re­ceive. The list goes on. Here are a few pointers that may help beginners stay out of the books of hate se­cretly com­piled by ev­ery­one who ever hoisted a sail. We ex­pect a lively post­bag. Don’t hold back!

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