Tillerman recently requested suggestions for the best sailing invention ever. I thought through all the usual suspects: auto-pilots, roller furlers, electric winches, crew, galley slaves, and AIS. All of those surely make the act of sailing easier on my spindly little arms. But sailing is still hard work.
I then realized, it's my spindly little arms that are the problem, not the lack of labor-saving inventions. What do I usually do when faced with insurmountable odds? I pop open a can of spinach!
One quick gulp of the green stuff and I can raise any sail, surf any wave, and even avoid those pesky starboard tackers. I can sail in any wind over any chop and through any kelp bed. I can hike for hours, steer a true course, and see oncoming freighters through fog, snow or rain. The highest of high winds, the lee-est of lee shores, and the choppiest of chops are no match for Edward the Sailor Man. Not with a can of spinach in my galley. Spinach, a sailor's best friend.