But I will not accept that my favorite diversion, sailing, is turning into yet another Yankee-doodle techno muddle.
Sailing's collapse in the U.S. is a shame. Gliding on the water, powered only by the wind, is a full-on active mystery -- you don't have to know how it works, but you can still revel in the sensation. And once you harness these forces beyond your control, you make the world, not the other way around. Sailing was our country's technological birthright. The United States stepped onto the world stage when it developed a class of fast but viciously powerful sailing frigates in the late 18th century. Take a trip to Boston and see a ship called the