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SAIL - - Contents - Peter Nielsen

After read­ing the ar­ti­cle this month about the new breed of sail­ing me­dia stars, the vlog­gers (who knew that was even a word?), I was moved to do some on­line re­search into this grow­ing phe­nom­e­non. Talk about an eye­opener! Ac­cus­tomed as I am to shar­ing docks and an­chor­ages with other mid­dle-aged sailors of vary­ing crusti­ness, I was drawn into a new world pop­u­lated solely by good-look­ing peo­ple in their twen­ties and thir­ties. It seems all you need is a GoPro, a bikini (and/or Speedo) body, a func­tion­ing boat and a YouTube chan­nel, and you can open a Pa­treon ac­count and watch the dol­lars flow in as arm­chair ad­ven­tur­ers live their sail­ing dreams through your voy­ages.

What, I won­dered, if peo­ple more rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the cur­rent cruis­ing de­mo­graphic were to clam­ber creak­ily aboard this gravy train? Per­haps there could be episodes on deal­ing with salt­wa­ter rash, hang­nails, mus­cle strain and sun­burnt scalps, the over­rid­ing im­por­tance of find­ing the clos­est slip to the shower block, how to sail ex­clu­sively off the wind, and plan­ning your cruise around med­i­cal is­sues. Film a cou­ple of grey­beards get­ting in and out of a dinghy in a rolly an­chor­age and watch it go vi­ral.

Some­how, I don’t think such a chan­nel—let’s call it “Sail­ing Ouch My Back”—would have the same kind of draw. ER candy can never match eye candy, which comes as much from the set­tings as the pro­tag­o­nists in these video logs. Per­haps it’s best to leave this new medium to those who in­vented it.

I’m ac­tu­ally all in fa­vor of sail­ing vlogs, at least those that com­mu­ni­cate a sense of joy and won­der at the sail­ing life and all it can of­fer up. Some of them are ex­tremely well filmed and pro­duced, and who could be­grudge their per­son­able and en­gag­ing mak­ers earn­ing some money from their ef­forts? If they lure new peo­ple into cruis­ing un­der sail, and can make a few bucks to

sup­port their own lifestyle, more power to them. It’s just a shame there’s no de­mand for “Geez­ers on Board.”

If you’re thinking about be­com­ing a vlog­ger, you’ll need a jour­ney to chron­i­cle, and there’s no bet­ter way to do that than to at­tend our Sail­ing South sem­i­nar in An­napo­lis, MD on Oc­to­ber 8. Our star-stud­ded list of speak­ers in­cludes Jimmy Cor­nell, the fa­ther of the cruis­ing rally and the au­thor of World Cruis­ing Routes, sys­tems ex­pert Nigel Calder, Dis­tant Shores TV se­ries hosts and ex­pe­ri­enced cruis­ers Paul and Sh­eryl Shard, sea­soned ICW voy­ager Tom Hale, and ma­rine com­mu­ni­ca­tions ex­pert Dave Skol­nick.

To­gether, they’ll give you a de­tailed look at what to ex­pect if you are thinking of sail­ing to Florida, the Ba­hamas, the Caribbean and beyond, and how to pre­pare your boat for the voyage of a life­time. Break­fast and lunch are in­cluded, too. Spa­ces are lim­ited, so sign up at sail­ sail­ing­south. See you there. s

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