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Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Sailing, What the..? | 0 comments

 

Meet the luckiest sailor alive.

There’s nothing quite like the open ocean.  I’ve put thousands of miles under the bow and still find myself speechless when confronted with the power and beauty of the sea.

I’m sure the guy in the story linked above has a decidedly different opinion.

From the article:

Clements started to pray, then kicked off his boots and swam blindly in the darkness. In a stroke of luck, he bumped into one of the life rafts, which had capsized. “I was able to flip it over and somehow get in,” he says.

About an hour later a Navy helicopter, dispatched from the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, was on the scene and a rescue swimmer was in the water. Winds were blowing 50 knots, with 10-foot seas and driving sleet and snow.

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Geography Randomness, or, Random Geographyness

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Excursions, Randomness | 0 comments

Yes, I am a geography geek.

I suppose most sailors are; it’s not too wise to jump into a 25′ craft, hoist the main and charge off to the horizon with no damn idea what lies beyond.

Back in the middle ages, mapmakers wrote “here be dragons” on the edges of the maps, in the areas that had not (yet) been explored.  They weren’t far off.  Find yourself in a fifty-knot blow on thirty foot seas, and you’ll wish you were back on land fighting dragons.

One factoid I find fascinating every time I chart the Atlantic is the relation of US cities to our neighbors across the pond.  As kids, we generally believed that England is a straight shot East, somewhere vaguely equal to Plymouth Rock, or perhaps even New York.

But take a look at a latitude map below and you’ll see that Great Britain is way north in relation to US cities.  London is more in line with Vancouver than any US city, and New York is on par with Madrid, Rome and Instanbul, while Atlanta’s latitude is very close to Baghdad’s.

So why isn’t England a snow-capped hell, like most of Canada (Heh.)?

The Gulf Stream.

chart

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