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Old 05-23-2010
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One problem is that we get so used to seeing this projection of the world with Greenland about the same size as South America that we in the Northern Hemisphere don't have an intuitive understanding of the distances involved south of Texas.



In reality the distance from western Venezuela to the eastern tip of Brazil, a journey that looks relatively short on that map, is actually about the same as the distance from icy Newfoundland to the Panama Canal, something that we would consider "a long ways". Now imagine sailing from Newfoundland to the Panama canal into the wind the whole way.
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Last edited by wind_magic; 05-25-2010 at 11:00 PM. Reason: Changed map link
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