I'm zuludaddy, and I'll be your knowledge server this (more-or-less) morning...
That's me, a few years ago. I've been sailing since I was a wee lad, have sailed professionally and competitively, and have a now-expired USCG 100-ton Offshore Auxiliary Sail Captain's License in my background. Somewhere in there, I did my doctoral work in Indo-European Historical Linguistics [read: "dead languages"].
I'm living in a New England port town with a long history of sailing, and I'd be glad to field any and all questions on these or other related topics - bonus points for combining the two disparate fields... Ready? Go!