Sailing and the EPIC Organization Logo


Alberta Rose in North Channel

I helped to earn my way through college by teaching sailing.  Many of my best memories are of racing our small sailboat with my Dad on Devil's Lake Michigan.  When I grew up I bought a Trimaran and my family enjoyed crusing and camping in the north channel of Lake Huron on the Alberta Rose.



Houses are but badly built boats so firmly aground that you cannot think of moving them.  They are definitely inferior things, belonging to the vegetable not the animal world, rooted and stationary, incapable of gay transition.  I admit, doubtfully as exceptions, snailshells and caravans.  The desire to build a house is the tired wish of a man content thenceforward with a single anchorage.  The desire to build a boat is the desire of youth, unwilling yet to accept the idea of a final resting-place.

It is for that reason, perhaps, that, when it comes, the desire to build a boat is one of those that cannot be resisted.  It begins as a little cloud on a serene horizon.  It ends by covering the whole sky, so that you can think of nothing else.   You must build to regain your freedom.  And always you comfort yourself with the thought that yours will be the perfect boat, the boat that you may search the harbors of the world for and not find.   
     Jonathan Cape













Coquina in Fort Myers


I am now sailing a small Ketch Coquina.  She is the perfect one-person boat for exploring the bays and mangroves of Southwest Florida.

The EPIC-Organizations logo is based on the "center of effort" of a sailboat.  Sailing teaches that you cannot change the direction of the wind and waves but if you adjust your sails and use your skills you can steer and move.

Organizational leaders like sailors who want to move forward must gather the energy around them, constantly adjust to changes in the environment, set a course, and steer the organization forward.  The sure-thing boat just like the sure-thing organization never gets very far from shore.