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Great Decisions

  The Mooring Minute! Great decisions from following your heart! Great Decisions are often proceeded by a long road of agony and pain.  This is the process we all need to go thru in order to prepare us for making better decisions. It’s been said that more failure comes from indecision, then decision. Often it’s […]

Walter Johnson • June 13, 2017 in The Mooring Minute


    I love this quote, “If we were good at everything, we’d have no need for each other.” This is what makes boating great! We all need others in order to do what we want to do. From crew, to boat hands, to mechanics, to brokers, they all make our world work, just as […]

Walter Johnson • June 6, 2017 in The Mooring Minute

Tune Talk

  Tune – tip adjusting your lowers to the conditions on the race course The other day a competitor yelled over to me,”What’s all this obsession with your rig, it makes no difference” I heard him tell his crew. Well it does and here’s why and how to make your Harbor 20 move better in […]

Walter Johnson • May 30, 2017 in The Mooring Minute

Taming The Gulch

Hurricane Gulch has an earned reputation for being one of the windiest places to sail in Southern California…

Walter Johnson • May 28, 2017 in Nautical Library

Falling Forward

  When things get hard and the tough get going, it’s human nature to look out and blame others, to wear it like a big shadow, as it consumes who they are and how they see their present situation. The world is tough! Sail boat racing can be challenging. If  you aren’t careful and you […]

Walter Johnson • May 23, 2017 in The Mooring Minute


  The Mooring Minute – Vision The Mooring Minute : VISION! 5/16/2017If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change! They say the primary ingredient for progress is optimism. The endless belief that the best is yet to come. It’s that die hard never say quit attitude that […]

Walter Johnson • May 16, 2017 in The Mooring Minute


Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.  Out of no way, a way can be found! It’s been said that fear is nothing more than a lingering emotion that’s fueled by your imagination. So don’t let your imagination get the most of you and go do what you know you […]

Walter Johnson • May 10, 2017 in The Mooring Minute

Spook The Herd – The Art of Crowd Management

Recently, I had the rare opportunity to watch a series of some really great starts. The field was full of excellent starters, all pushing, defending and herding the fleet at their will. It made me reflect on an article I wrote back in the 90’s, it seemed to me that it was time to dust it […]

Walter Johnson • May 2, 2017 in Nautical Library

Great Endeavors

  Great Endeavors Every great endeavor begins with a dream! The dream is crafted, designed and refined, it becomes a plan, it is drawn, approved and constructed, until the original idea becomes a more perfect version of what the creator had in his minds eye. We are all a work in progress, we each were […]

Walter Johnson • May 2, 2017 in The Mooring Minute

Practice Makes Perfect

It’s been said that everyday you miss practice, means it’s going to take you a day longer to get good! What if you can’t practice? I say then spend that time to practice, to look at situations and review your response. To hone you mental decision making skills and to develop your own unique playbook. […]

Walter Johnson • April 27, 2017 in The Mooring Minute

Speed Breeds Brilliance

Tune talk: Adjusting your lowers to point higher, to sail faster, and run deeper.

Walter Johnson • April 18, 2017 in Nautical Library

Leadership and Preparation

  Mooring Minute: Leadership and Preparation Mooring Minute: Leadership and Preparation Leaders don’t look for recognition from others, leaders look for others to recognize. Leaders realize that everything begins and ends with people.  People are what makes an organization great. Leaders recognize that people perform best when they are happy, healthy and joyful! Smart leaders […]

Walter Johnson • April 18, 2017 in The Mooring Minute