Yes, I fall squarely into the camp of those who wince in anticipation when someone on board mentions how perfect the sail is. My wood coamings, in fact, have wear marks from me knocking on them. But it turns out I'm not the only one who braces for the worst of times while enjoying the best. Last spring, my job took me to Safety-at-Sea seminars in Newport, Rhode Island, and Annapolis, Maryland, where I met lots of other sailors who want to be ready for what the Sea Sirens have in store. These seminars lay a foundation for action, as do CW's annual Safety-at-Sea issues and the many good books on the subject.