Getting in Touch with Reality
Small Craft Advisor|November - December 2020
As part of my usual in-depth research for this column I decided to ask Google whether sailing was safe. “In fact, it can be deadly,” came the response, “A study from Rhode Island Hospital concluded sailing is more dangerous, and has a higher fatality rate, than skiing and snowboarding combined with NFL football.”
Joshua Colvin

Well that was disappointing to hear—not just because I’ve apparently been recklessly risking my life, but also because I know now I should’ve stayed on my NFL career path. Oh well, no use worrying about what could’ve been.

Continuing to dig, I asked Google whether sailing was difficult: “Sailing is very simple,” the search results reassured me. “A skilled instructor can teach you the basics in an afternoon and most beginners shove off on their own after just a few days of lessons.”

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