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I started flying gliders on my 16th birthday and have flown mainly gliders but also power (when I really need to get from "a" to "b"). I have raced gliders for many years and even been to the worlds. I started sailing before flying and find that both sports are highly related.

In both disciplines you have to understand the power, whims, danger and beauty of nature. The lesson is that you and your equipment are insignificant when compared to the forces arrayed before you. If you do not learn that lesson quickly you will, at best, not succeed and, at worst, pay with your life. I sometimes see parallels between power boaters and power pilots in that they seem to assume a larger, more powerful, engine is the solution to overcome or best the elements. Sailing and gliding both require understanding and what I refer to as symbiosis (although in reality "parasitism" is closer but doesn't sound quite as nice) with both the weather and the surroundings.


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Energy management in powered flight or not is still energy management. To enable to eek out all the performance possible in a powered aircraft, (Helo or airplane) you had better have intimate knowledge of this. Besides, gravity is the sailplanes engine no? What would happen if gravity went "0" in the middle of a glider flight?

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there are loads of aviators who sail well.....personally, i fly 747's and reckon i spend more time sailing than flying. colleagues who join me are often the quickest to pick up the ropes....not saying they are great sailors, just understand what is going on around them on a boat.

IMHO your friend is a little out of touch on this one
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As a helicopeter pilot (21 years), with commercial tickets in both fixed wing and helos, I see one major difference between flying and sailing, and I summarize it this way: What goes up must come down, but what goes down, doesn't necessarily come up again.

The draw of sailing and flying for me is control of a complex machine which becomes an extension of your body.
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Thanks guys, I thank with your help I have this one in the bag (a brown one). I am willing to share the good fortune, but you all know the 8 hour “bottle to throttle” rule and my boat is so small.
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If paragliding (Parapent, in French) counts you can add me up.
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On the subject of sailing and flying, any word of Steve Fossett?

There are 10 kinds of people. Those who understand binary and those who don't.

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If paragliding (Parapent, in French) counts you can add me up.
Yep, of course.

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On the subject of sailing and flying, any owrd of Steve Fossett?
I like to think that he just wanted to get away and he pulled the ultimate get away from it all trick.

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