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You, too, can become a ‘skip’
May 26th, 2013 by Warren Swil

Skippering a cruise aboard a luxury yacht

on the bay is accessible even to couch potatoes

The archive images are so old and degraded, here is one from New Year’s morning 2013, as Jim and I were leaving Jost Van Dyk in the British Virgin Islands for our first encounter ever with a life-threatening emergency.  © SGE, Inc.

PASADENA, where I live, may not have any beach-front property, but it certainly is close enough to the Pacific Ocean for us to take advantage of the many athletic challenges she affords.
Arguably, the sport demanding the most physical and mental performance simultaneously is sailing.
Fortunately for many of us, the technology of handling a sailboat especially in the idyllic conditions found more than 300 days a year in Santa Monica Bay – has advanced so far the physical demands have been reduced to the level that even a couch potato could master.
As an infrequent exerciser and aging baby-boomer, I can attest to that. The combination of physical skill and mental acuity required to successfully and safely skipper a 36-foot, luxury yacht on a day-sail from Marina del Rey to, say, Malibu, is unrivaled for the relaxation, satisfaction and sheer hedonistic pleasure it provides.


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It’s a breeze!

The technology of handling a sailboat especially in the idyllic conditions found more than 300 days a year in Santa Monica Bay – has advanced so far the physical demands have been reduced to the level that even a couch potato could master.


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Ex-student leader secretly flees South Africa

Banned former Nusas President Mr. Neville Curtis has arrived in Australia and has applied for political asylum there. Read all about it!


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