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Old 12-08-2019, 10:40   #46
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Re: Questions on neap and spring tides. Is anyone able to help?

Quote: "I went out and bought a VHF radio and was the first among friends to have one."

Indeed you musta bin :-)! Back then - WAY back then - when I started the Simon Fraser University Sailing Club (now succeeded by the Locarno Sailing Club at Jericho Sailing Centre) we still used semaphore. Because the aforementioned Enterprise dinghies were to small to carry Aldis lamps :-)

Similarly, neither the JibSet Sailing Club nor the North Shore Sailing School fitted their boats with VHF sets. The answer, of course, is to observe Rule 5 scrupulously and never put yourself under the bows of a ship earning her honest keep. Or any other for that matter.

Since you allude to the weather pattern that obtained in English Bay in those days, by 1400 when it often blew 20 in the Bay and students in the Enterprise began to look funny in the face, I'd take them into Caulfield Cove to recover. That delightful little cove therefore became known in some quaters as "Pukey Cove" :-)

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Re: Questions on neap and spring tides. Is anyone able to help?

"Pukey Cove"

Lol. My nickname in the Canadian Navy was "Kid Gravol." When leaving Esquimalt on Chaudiere (DD 235) a destroyer, I was fine until we hit open water which was always sooner rather than later. And it could be stormy. Now some Navies go to port in bad weather but not the Canadian Navy and me staring at buckets could verify that fact. Young training officers would have a black plastic garbage bag tucked under their belt so they were ready for "action" so to speak and not have to leave the bridge. Some lost 20 pounds crossing from Esquimalt to Japan, "mal de mere" is a wonderful dieting program if you need to lose weight.

On smaller power and sailboats I have had two types of sickness. One form of sea sickness is extreme tiredness, you feel like some one slipped a drug in your drink, you can't stay awake. For me an hour nap fixed the problem, this occurred twice transiting from Point Roberts to Friday harbour with a bunch of alcoholic hospital administrators back in the day, always in the dark in off season months of November - March. The boat was a 37 CT heavy displacement vessel and could handle the nasties that the Strait of Georgia could throw your way. The other and last time I got sick, but kept it all in, was off the coast of Oregon on a whale watching trawler out of Depoe Bay, we cruised at one knot and the swells had my name on them. Ten more minutes out longer than we were and I would have been making a donation to the sea gods.

And one time staring at a bucket on the destroyer, an old salt past me by and said: "Young man, eat bananas. They taste just as good coming up and as they did going down."
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