Fools at Sea

Where Next?
Bob Williams
Sat 2 Apr 2016 01:23
Noon position: 05 22.6 S 173 44.6 W
Course: South West Speed: 4 knots
Wind: West, F1 – light air
Sea: slight Swell: North West, 1 meter
Weather: overcast, warm
Day’s run: 80 nm

The winds were once again very light overnight, but fortunately the seas had quietened down and there was no sign of any large cumulonimbus. There is still a swell running, but long and low so what little wind there was was sufficient to keep the sails full and drawing. We sailed on through the night under mainsail and drifter, making an average speed of about three knots. Now, however, the wind has all but abandoned us. We motor.

A sea of fools:

Any fool can carry on, but a wise man knows how to shorten sail in time.
-Joseph Conrad

Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk.
-Sir Francis Chichester while loading his boat with gin.

Only fools and passengers drink at sea.
-Allan Villiers

There are only two colors to paint a boat, black or white, and only a fool would paint a boat black.
-Nathanael G. Herreshoff

Yea, foolish mortals, Noah's flood is not yet subsided; two thirds of the fair world it yet covers.
Herman Melville

All is well.