The ignorant sailor is born. And it will go better than all of them. Here’s why

THE PERFECT GIFT!

Give or treat yourself to a subscription to the print + digital Journal of Sailing and for only 69 euros a year you get the magazine at home plus read it on your PC, smartphone and tablet. With a sea of advantages.

ignorant sailorIf you think the future of sailing is boats that fly thanks to foils, you have taken a wrong turn.

That’s sound bullshit, there will never in the next ten years be mass-produced sailboats, the kind that mere mortals can buy, equipped with wings that allow the hull to rise above the water and “fly,” overcoming all the laws of traditional hydrodynamics.

But the amazing new boats in the America’s Cup and Vendée Globe, which are exciting anyone who loves even a little bit of sailing and wind-driven sailing, are taking us to the new frontier of sailing: The one in which it will no longer be necessary to know how to sail to maneuver a boat. He will be born, finally, the ignorant sailor.

Heresy? No, we explain why. Let us first realize one incontrovertible element. Our lives already are influenced by software that predicts our behaviors and regulates our lives. You only need to turn on a computer or smartphone to understand this. They, the software, know what we like best and show us precisely news, messages, advertisements that fit our interests.

This is just to give an example in the public eye. If we then cast our eyes to the world of cars, we realize that knowing how to drive well is no longer a prerequisite for driving a car. Software takes care of it to downshift gears, park better, and dose braking. And, rest assured, the development of automated driving is not that far off. Google, Apple, Tesla are getting there.

All this has to do with sailing. Yes, but how? You only have to see an America’s Cup regatta like the ones we saw at the end of December or follow routes, performances, and tactical choices of boats in the Vendée Globe (nonstop solo round-the-world race) to realize this.

Already in these competitions, which are the ultimate expression of sailing, who do you think makes a boat go as fast as possible, depending on wind conditions, gait, sea state? The best sailmaker at adjusting a sail? The human factor is key, but there is software with sensors that monitor the loads on the mast and appendages and triggers alarms if something is wrong. Crucial help for the crew.

In the Cup, then, there is more. The software also tells you when is the exact moment you have to enter the starting field, when you have to tack on the layline of the buoy to turn. And so, as is always the case (thankfully!) this immense effort of technology and human thought applied to technology, spills over into the boats of us, ordinary mortals.

THE IGNORANT SAILOR

So let’s try to think what will happen. You will not need to be a very good sail or to adjust a sail, to make a sailboat go faster by knowing what is the right trim, how to “catch” the waves, what is the best course to reach the destination.

Software will take care of this, which will make sure that the “physical,” perhaps hydraulically moved, systems do all this.

A new era, that of the sailor who cannot sail, is about to be born.

It may or may not be liked. There will be those who will say: but this is no longer sailing. And we say to him, just unplug the software, take the helm, smell the wind, adjust the sails as you know. And you will be happy to test yourself and demonstrate your abilities. When you are tired, just click on a screen.

One last tip, follow America’s Cup regattas and the Vendee Globe on our channels. You will realize how technological evolution has already revolutionized the practice of sailing. But you will also find that man remains center stage. In the end, he is the one who decides when to trust or not trust the software’s directions. And it makes him arrive before another boat. Fortunately.

L.O.


HELP US KEEP YOU UP TO DATE

The journalists of the Sailing Newspaper, strive every day to ensure quality, up-to-date and correct information about the boating world free of charge through their websites. If you appreciate our work, support us by subscribing to the magazine. The annual subscription costs only 49 euros and we also give you two gifts!

DISCOVER THE SAILING NEWSPAPER YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Daily interviews, boat trials, webinars. The whole sail, minute by minute. But on video! CLICK HERE To sign up, it’s free!

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER

To stay up-to-date on all the news from the world of sailing, selected by our editorial staff, sign up for the Sailing Newspaper newsletter! It’s super easy, just enter your email below, agree to the Privacy Policy and click the “Sign Me Up” button. You will then receive on your email, twice a week, the best sailing news! It’s a free service and you can unsubscribe at any time, with no obligation!


Once you click on the button below check your mailbox

Privacy*

Share:

Facebook
Twitter
WhatsApp

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Check out the latest issue

Are you already a subscriber?

Ultimi annunci
Our social

Sign up for our Newsletter

We give you a gift

Sailing, its stories, all boats, accessories. Sign up now for our free newsletter and receive the best news selected by the Sailing Newspaper editorial staff each week. Plus we give you one month of GdV digitally on PC, Tablet, Smartphone. Enter your email below, agree to the Privacy Policy and click the “sign me up” button. You will receive a code to activate your month of GdV for free!

Once you click on the button below check your mailbox

Privacy*


Highlights

You may also be interested in.

Big del Lusso

Luxury bigwigs increasingly like boating

More and more “luxury bigwigs” are investing in boating. Luxury bigwigs in boating The latest to go public with a stake in the boating world is Toni Belloni, a former board member of luxury giant LVMH, who has a stake

Register



Sign in