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Old 07-08-2010, 21:28   #1
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'. . . and a star to steer her by'

.thanks to John Masefield for saying it so beautifully all those years ago.

Currently salt water cruising on our Caliber 40 LRC - Montamarol. Previously in fresh water on a C&C 27. Before that a Redline 25 and a Snipe over a period of 45 years or so.

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Steering by the stars is great. That means you are sailing at night offshore. Very beautiful place to be.
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Old 07-08-2010, 23:50   #4
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...and the wheel's kick and the wind's song ... How I miss offshore sailing. Soon now, soon, as Javelin's keel gets assembled ...
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G'day, mate. Welcome aboard. Hopefully, you will get to steer by the Southern Cross one day, something to "shoot" for. Cheers
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Hello - nice to meet you. What a lovely thread title.

I love steering by the stars. It makes me feel at one with the universe, and the sense of peace, space and beauty that one feels every time is awesome.

However - I learnt my lesson once. I became so hypnotised by the beauty of my star and the shimmering water ahead whilst I was on watch (passage between Kuwait and Bahrain); that when the Skipper came back on watch three hours later my star had altered our course 90 degrees and we were heading straight for Saudi waters.

Now I remember to cross check with the compass every so often, pick a new star, and be wary of the 'star trance'!
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Welcome aboard. I agree with Max, off shore at night is the best.

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