10. On the Crest of the Wave

The Sublime, Tempestuous, Graceful, and Existential Facets of Sailing

  1. Fritz Allhoff
  1. Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza1,
  2. Luísa Gagliardini Graça2 and
  3. José Ángel Jáuregui-Olaiz3

Published Online: 11 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118336465.ch10

Sailing - Philosophy for Everyone: Catching the Drift of Why We Sail

Sailing - Philosophy for Everyone: Catching the Drift of Why We Sail

How to Cite

Ilundáin-Agurruza, J., Gagliardini Graça, L. and Jáuregui-Olaiz, J. Á. (2012) On the Crest of the Wave, in Sailing - Philosophy for Everyone: Catching the Drift of Why We Sail (ed F. Allhoff), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118336465.ch10

Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Linfield College, Oregon, USA

  2. 2

    University of Porto, Portugal

  3. 3

    Pamplona, Spain

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 1 JUL 2012

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Patrick Goold

Series Editor Information

  1. Virginia Wesleyan College, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470671856

Online ISBN: 9781118336465

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Keywords:

  • revealing communal psyche of a people and their culture;
  • sublime poetry of sail and wind;
  • hazardous surprises, sailors' lives enhanced by exposure to risks;
  • size/shape/materials used in boats, and “what-it-is-like-to-sail” in them;
  • Zen-like focus, dedication to one's charge being no mere attachment;
  • ethos of cultivating excellence, sailing aesthetics into a performance;
  • arcane skill, in “reading” the invisible wind;
  • philosophical sailing into familiar and uncharted possibilities

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Ahoy!

  • The Sublime Poetry of Sail and Wind

  • Poseidon's Wrath

  • She Moves

  • One is Free … on a Boat?