4. Solo Sailing as Spiritual Practice

A Phenomenology of Mastery and Failure at Sea

  1. Fritz Allhoff
  1. Richard Hutch

Published Online: 11 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118336465.ch4

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

Hutch, R. (2012) Solo Sailing as Spiritual Practice, in Sailing - Philosophy for Everyone: Catching the Drift of Why We Sail (ed F. Allhoff), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118336465.ch4

Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Chicago, USA

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:

  • solo sailing as spiritual practice;
  • a phenomenology of mastery and failure at sea;
  • wisdom being, facing “life itself in the face of death itself”;
  • “moral presence,” sporting sailors and human integrity in despair;
  • moral presence as a test, for sailors unsure of their skills;
  • human drama of sailing, competitive-racing and leisure cruising;
  • tragedy and comedy, human end in deus ex machine;
  • personal perils of sport, step on to spiritual insight, or wisdom

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • A Phenomenology of Moral Presence at Sea

  • Tragic Comedy (or Comic Tragedy): The Paradox of Sailing