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Old 10-07-2014, 07:19   #31
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I hear the boats in my Martina whistling when the wind picks up. That would be a bad time to leave.

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I read (in a random post somewhere) that leaving on Friday was unlucky because supposedly that was the day that Christ was crucified.
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If you whistle it'll bring a wind, but only the skipper is allowed to do it. Anyone else brings ill winds.
If you eat beans aboard it will also bring ill winds - from everybody. That is why the cook cannot turn the can upside down to empty it into the pot. Bad luck.
So best to wait for Friday to feed the beans to the green cat that was eating the banana...

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I did hear the Having women on board was bad luck, but if the woman was naked then it was good luck. This was where the naked female figureheads came from as it supposedly pleased the gods and brought good luck. I keep trying that one but being the middle of winter here I seem to have few takers. So is that then the Bad luck?
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I heard 'never light a cigarette from a candle. Bad luck to sailors. For every one lit, one will die at sea'.
A bit morbid but one I stick by. Why ruffle feathers. :-/


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ye make your own luck, however, whistling up a wind is a proven fact, as is dont leave on friday.....
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................ whistling up a wind is a proven fact, as is dont leave on friday.....
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lol every time i cal bubba with whistling and we are at sea, we have biiiiig winds..lol i love it.. so we whistle in my boat during passages, as we like wind.....best we got so far has been 60 kts. chubasco, just north of cabo in 2011. was a good sail.

btw--i didnt say it is a scientifically proven fact--it is a stupidstishun, after all....rodlmffao. some take stuff waaay too serious, especially in a stoopidstishun thread....
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From another one of those articles I wrote years ago...

Coins In The Wind

Never whistle at sea. Never cut your hair or nails while underway. And never, ever, ever, start a passage on a Friday.

With the possible exception of professional athletes, blue water sailors are probably the most superstitious lot on the face of the earth. While some are loath to admit it, I do not know a mariner in the world that doesn?t have at least one superstition that will make them cringe, if not curse loudly and launch the offending object and/or persona overboard.

Sailing the oceans is a tricky business at best, and down right dangerous at times. While Mother Nature and the sea may not be actively trying to do away with you, anything that may fend off disaster is not to be discarded lightly. Therefore, to assist you in worrying about things you never worried about before, or possibly avoiding that unscheduled swim, courtesy of a superstitious captain, here is a short list of sea superstitions. Some are well known, some not so much so.

What brings bad luck to a ship, or sailor? Almost everything! And if it does not bring bad luck, it certainly portends disaster soon to follow. Whistling can wake Neptune from his slumber, bringing gales and stormy seas as he awakes. Never start a passage on Friday, the day that Christ was crucified.

Avoid speaking to people with red hair while traveling to the docks to begin a passage. This also applies to priests, and barefooted women. Never speak the words drowned, shipwreck, or pig onboard ship. Now I can understand not speaking of drowning or shipwrecks, but pig? Nonetheless, it is an old, old, superstition and if you needed to speak of a pig onboard, it is always called Danny or Mr. Danny. Church bells heard at sea, a ships bell that sounds without being rung, or a glass that rings when dropped, signify shipwreck or the death of someone onboard.

Don?t step onboard with your left foot first. Don?t pass a flag through a ladder. Don?t look back as you leave port. And never harm a gull, as it carries the soul of a sailor who died at sea. Just to round it out, never change a ship?s name, paint it blue, or bring a black sea bag, flowers, or a priest onboard.

Ok, I brought an umbrella on deck and the Old Man cussed me out for ten minutes after tossing my brolly over the side. Is there anything onboard that isn?t bad news? Sure there is. A silver coin stepped under the mast is a guarantee of a lucky ship and a safe passage. Black cats, believe it or not, are good luck onboard, and ensure that the ship and crew will return safely. A wren?s feather, the caul of a newborn child, and a tattoo of a chicken on one foot and a pig on the other are all proof against drowning. Wine poured on deck or rum poured over the side will bring good luck and safe seas, while a handful of coins tossed overboard will bring fair winds. In the event of a storm, a bare breasted woman on deck will calm the seas. This is why the figureheads on most sailing ships are bare breasted.

So, as a long time cruiser, which of these do I believe? I don?t know if believe is the right word, but you wont catch me weighing anchor on a Friday, and when I do leave, I?ll have a pocket full of coins and a bottle of rum to hand. Moreover, unless you like swimming, try not to whistle.

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Never get out the boat:
Never Get Out of the Boat - YouTube
at least not in a war zone.
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I did a stint on a Brixham trawler out of Brixham UK for a season and the explanation given for not saying the word 'rabbit' on the boat was that years ago the gentry would come done to the docks and demand a portion of the fishermans catch often leaving the fisherman with no fish of his own. They would then be forced to hunt for rabbits to feed the family hence the story. Another word was the color 'blue', as if any of the crew messed up and went over the side with the net it was the last color they saw. The Captain and crew were deadly serious about these rules and one in particular indicated that throwing a young Kiwi overboard was not out of the question.
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