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page 25: 1984, I get my diplomas in sailing, for fantastic cruises in the Caribbean (Bahamas, Us and British Virgin Islands: Tortola, Virgin Gorda, and Jost Van Dyke), in Florida and in California.

Long live beautiful desert beaches! Merci Antoine (for the youngsters out there, this is a reference to an old French song).
This, to me, is extraordinary. The navigation charts of the Virgin Islands may as well be aerial photos. Select an island, if there’s already a boat anchored there, go to the next one, and you’ll have the most intimacy you desire. Sea, Sex, and Sun (sorry, young people, another reference to an old French song). Tropical Deserted Islands are fabulous.
Calm, clean, blue and white. I fear that after 30 years of growing tourism these quiet corners have become harder to come by, like my deserted beaches in Cozumel, in Mexico, to which I returned thirty years later, only to find them inhabited and covered with garbage.
Well, I haven’t had any children, who haven’t had any children, who haven’t had any children, and so on…
Thank you to all the girls who came along with me.
If you are offended by photos of somewhat scantily-dressed pretty women, do not scroll to the bottom of this page.

Bernoulli Principle, states that the speed of a fluid (air, in this case) determines the amount of pressure that a fluid can exert. It explains the lift, one of the four forces of flight and sailing.
Moving air is separated in two flows when encountering an air foil (wing or sail). The top part has a longer path to travel. It reduces it's speed and creates a low pressure.
For a boat, the lift pulls on the sail. As the keel allows the boat to move only in its axis, the boat moves forward.

La quille est le grand truc noir en bas de la coque.

Mark BROMHEAD, without knowing it, has influenced me in my sailing, for he won some prestigious races with his wife Maureen and was a legend amongst the ship photographers. Thank Marc.

In the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, the weather is so amazing and the Anglophones so bent on "User Friendliness” that the nautical charts have been replaced with aerial views of the islands. Wonderful.

With Carlos Lopez.


Sylvie Lecointre in the San Blas Islands, Panama


Nicole dans la baie de San Francisco

Nicole in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

Magen's Bay, US Virgin Islands

09 Mai 2018 : Char à voile sur la côte d'Opale avec Frédérique Gorsky

A deserted clean sunny beach, a pretty girl, swimming naked, wonderful.
Before criticizing me, try it.

Elen in Little San Salvador, Bahamas, deserted island owned by Norwegian Caribbean Line (Cruise Line) around 1984

One of the most important things to remember, when learning to sail, is to always know where the wind is coming from in relation to the boat.

• A sailboat cannot sail directly into the wind but can sail about 45 degrees toward it; this is called being close hauled.
• When the boat is sailing across the wind, with the wind coming directly over either side (the “beam”), the boat is on a beam reach.
• When the boat is sailing at a broad angle off the wind (but not directly downwind), the boat is on a broad reach.

• When the boat is sailing directly downwind, it is said to be running. Knowing how your boat is positioned relative to wind direction is crucial for how you set the sails and how you position your body weight. A good way to learn to pay attention to the wind is to tie short pieces of light yarn to the boat’s shrouds and keep an eye on which way they are blowing.

Finally, when you are sailing you will find that the motion of the boat affects wind direction, because the boat’s movement through the air creates its own wind. For example, the true wind may be blowing exactly across the boat (beam reach) when the boat is at rest. As it picks up speed, however, it make its own wind by moving forward through the air. This added wind from the front adds to the wind over the side to produce a combined wind at an angle more from ahead - and so the boat may actually be close hauled. When you first start sailing, you don’t have to think too much about the difference between true wind and apparent wind.
All that matters is the resulting (apparent) wind over the boat and sails.



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