For skippers sailing is a competition
when only one boat starts to overtake.
They feel compelled as if on a clear mission
to fight as if their life might be at stake.
The sails are pulled in optimal position,
the rudder must be handled with great care.
The changing winds with precious intuition
have to be met before they’re really there.
The actual battle starts in sailing races
when many boats are speeding round a buoy.
The owners of the ships must save their faces
and therefore use any strategic ploy.