Third Prize Winner in the 2005 Vincent Astor Memorial Leadership Essay Contest
"Sail her full and by ... ready about ... helm's alee ... haul spanker boom amidships ...left full rudder ... rise tacks and sheets ... mainsail haul ... shift the headsail sheets ... ease the spanker sheet ... let go and haul ... set the mainsail."
To those who understand, these are commands of a bygone age, yet they echo today in the ears of every potential leader whose seabag was stowed below U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle's (WIX-327) teak decks. The terms must be learned and heeded seamanlike or an attempted tack may leave the Eagle in irons. I was such an individual; awed by her lines, taken with her beauty, and yearning to stand in her tops with every sail drawing.