sailing seems to have originated in the 17th cent. in
Holland. From there it was introduced into England
(c.1660) by Charles II, and eventually spread to the
American colonies. Then, as now, it was common for sport
sailors to join together for social and recreational
purposes in groups known as yacht clubs.
Ocean racing, an arduous and dangerous sport, especially
in long-distance solo events, has gained increased
notice. Today's ocean racers sail advanced multi-hulled
yachts and are aided by such modern technology as
sophisticated communication devices and
satellite-generated weather reports.
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