Tempting Fate

For whatever reason, old salts always say two things about leaving on ocean passages. 

  • Never leave on a Friday
  • And, don’t bring bananas offshore 

So, here I am onboard Gibb Kane’s “Bounty” reluctantly leaving from Stamford, Ct. on a Friday bound for the British Virgin Islands with a “boatload” of bananas!!

The last time that I “forgot” and left on a Friday, we accidentally left a case of rum in Bermuda, had an electrical fire in the engine box, couldn’t start the engine and generate power for five days, and the cooking stove supply line caught fire!!

The time before that we left with a great forecast and ended up spending three days sailing in 35-45 knots of wind!

Gibb was with us on that first trip, and yet he still thinks “don’t leave on a Friday” is just an old sea story made up by captains looking for an extra day in port. 

We shall see…

– Jim

It’s Raining Mud!!

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Today, Deb was confused to see me standing in the pouring rain, with a hose in my hand, spraying off the boat.  I can understand why someone would be confused by that visual, but this rain was no ordinary rain.  This rain was carrying dust from the Sahara and dumping it all over my boat!

According to Wikipedia, 

Rain dust or snow dust, traditionally known as muddy rain, red rain, or coloured rain, is a variety of rain (or any other form of precipitation) which contains enough desert dust for the dust to be visible without using a microscope.

Rain dust is common in the Western Mediterranean, where the dust supply comes from the atmospheric depressions going through the northern part of North Africa. The main sources of desert dust reach the Iberian Peninsula and the Balearic Islands in the form of dust transported by wind or rain from the Western Sahara, Atlas Mountains in Moroccoand Central Algeria.[1]