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Old 08-01-2006
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I don't believe that Coriolis force affects things on that small a scale. I've seen water going down a bathtub drain both counter-clockwise and clockwise. Also, the Coriolis force effects would be less on a smaller boat, as the surface friction effects are greater at lower heights.

Last point I'd make is if the Coriolis force were in effect, wouldn't it make him sail slower on a starboard tack rather than faster? Isn't a starboard tack having the boat to sail counterclockwise???
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