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

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