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At the Helm of "Three Sheets"


My first time at the helm, I discovered that steering a 36-ft yacht isn't like driving a car: you have to wait for the boat to respond. In a rookie mistake, I overcorrected, performing an "accidental jibe" by turning the boat, the wind coming on the other side of the mainsail, sending the boom zipping across to the other side. Good thing the boom is higher than the heads of the crew, or I would have performed an "accidental decapitation."

Here I am, sailing Three Sheets out of Oyster Bay on June 11.

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