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Your favorite sailing superstitions

I hope all had a Merry Christmas.

My personal disclaimer: I am not a superstitious person or promote anything similar... I am a realist but I find the history of some sailing superstitions interesting.

While reading a novel a few months ago and I ran across a nautical superstition that I never heard before.
Whistling. Apparently you should not whistle on a sailboat as it will whistle up a storm.
I recently just seen this again on Distant Shores. They had no wind for a few days and they resorted to whistling. Yes, the next day a small storm came in.

I read that the "changing the name" on a boat was originally based on the history of old wooden sailboat ships. The name of the ship was on the keel. Whenever you changed the name, you had to shave the old name off, thus making your keel thinner and lighter. More you do this, the more unstable the sailboat would be.

Another silly superstition you will read in old sailing books is that you should never leave for a voyage on a Friday and in fact Sunday is the best day to leave.
I leave when I have the time off from the office or if I am not taking our kids to a hockey game or a school event., etc...

What are your favorite sailing superstitions and any history behind it?

S2 11.0A 36'
Kinsale, Va
Tanzer 16'
Moseley, Va

Last edited by patrscoe; 12-27-2011 at 11:12 AM.
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