Sunfish_rigged_for_sailingWhen I was a kid my folks bought a Sunfish sailboat to use on the town lake, Farm Pond (yeah, I never understood that name either, how could a lake be a pond…?).  What freedom on those summer days, to be zipping along on top of the water, not a care in the world.

When you learn to sail, you learn how to “tack”, probably one of my first lessons in understanding the wind.  Sailing with the wind, you pretty quickly get to the other side of the pond and must sail your way back, but on a sailboat you can’t sail directly into the wind, only about a 20-25 degree angle on either side.  So you sail a little bit to one side of your destination, tack, or turn around, and sail along the other side of the wind.  This zig-zag pattern eventually gets you to your next destination, it is basically course corrections along the way.  Just before you turn the boat across the wind you yell, “Comin’ about!”, that lets the others on the boat know that you are about to tack, and the boom, the lower part of the sail is going to hit them in the head if they don’t duck.

“Comin’ about!”

Long suffers of this blog, and WeatherBrains might be surprised to know that I am leaving day to day weather at Texas Cable News for a position in…..wait for it… media.

The folks that run digital for the CBS group of stations (two television stations and six radio stations) have invited me to join them.  I’m really kind of excited on a number of levels.  Finally, I get a chance to actually use the stuff I have been writing about on this blog and see if it works.  There will be some weather involved, and exactly what that will look like will develop in the weeks ahead.

For now:

Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Steve Jobs

Stay tuned.  Now it gets good. 🙂



About Kevin Selle

Chief Meteorologist, KFDX-TV. Co-host, WeatherBrains.
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8 Responses to Sailing

  1. Kevin congratulations on the new venture! I’m excited to see what comes of it.

  2. Congratulations, Kevin! Exciting times ahead for sure!

  3. Excellent news and best wishes!

  4. Chris White says:

    Just saw this and it is awesome news! Good luck with it!

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