Ed Bushman shared a photo of Mas Takeela, a Catalina 320, returning to the harbor from a Mother’s Day sail in Milwaukee, WI on Lake Michigan.
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The quest for ideal conditions at sea has spawned countless superstitions and lore among sailors over many centuries. Modern day cruisers still consider setting sail on a Friday to be unlucky and many perform an elaborate ceremony to ward off evil when renaming a boat. And most cruisers believe that dolphins swimming with the boat are a good omen and brings good luck to a journey. I just learned about yet another nautical tradition, shark oil barometers, which have been used in Bermuda for almost 300 years. An OldSaltBlog.com article explains that “When the shark oil is clear, the weather will be clear. When the oil turns cloudy, so will the skies. The oil is said to spin when a serious storm or hurricane is on its way.” Though many of these old nautical traditions and rituals have been superseded by modern technology and science they still command respect. They did, after all, show many sailors the way when no other options were available.
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