Colourful sails

von Norbert Rath

When the wind blows from astern
spinnakers are bound to be
hoisted till the next wind’s turn,
colourful, a sight to see.

The steering with this biggest sail
demands good knowledge of the boat.
If you don’t know her you might fail
to handle her, and others gloat.

And the maneuver to pull in
the spinnaker takes a good team,
especially if you want to win
the skipper’s praise and high esteem.

For lookers-on this is a show
and seems so easy, calm and slow.

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