Broad Reaching with Andrew Cross

Size Doesn’t Matter

BWS’ July issue is about to hit newsstands and the special section for the month is on pocket cruisers. Since finishing the issue, I’ve been thinking a lot about how sailing smaller boats is the best way to learn and hone sailing skills. And it makes sense, you get an enhanced feel for the wind and how it makes the boat move; using a tiller and a single sheet clarifies the nuances of boat handling and sail trim; and the threat of capsize, especially in cold water, quickly teaches you about boat balance.

Like a lot of people, I learned to sail and race on small boats as a kid, and once in a while I yearn to get out for a spirited sail on a Laser or Sunfish. There is something freeing and fun about sailing small boats, it is one of the things that I—and many other sailors—love about sailing and cruising. Boats come in all shapes and sizes and you don’t have to have the biggest boat in the marina to go out and have a good time. It’s fun because it’s sailing.

Enjoy this week’s edition.

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