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travlineasy 10-23-2013 05:27 PM

Longest straight line sail...
 

killarney_sailor 10-23-2013 06:21 PM

Re: Longest straight line sail...
 
This is really interesting and indicates the difficulty of using most map projections to show very long great circles. I wonder if anyone will actually try to sail it, gets a little ice bergy at one point, not to mention piraty.

Here is the same route on a Mercator projection.
http://observationdeck.io9.com/the-l...hes-1136121429

MarkofSeaLife 10-23-2013 06:23 PM

Re: Longest straight line sail...
 
Mine was 3,200nms from Galapagos to Marquesas. I think its one of the longest cruising passages.
Obviosly the 5 Capes etc are longer but cruisers dont generally do that.... only nuts! ;)

JonEisberg 10-23-2013 10:11 PM

Re: Longest straight line sail...
 
I think you'd want to do the reverse - from Kamchatka to Pakistan, instead...

Sailing from the Cape of Good Hope to the Drake Passage would most definitely not be done in a 'straight line'...

Nor, would it be much fun :-)

Capt Len 10-23-2013 10:23 PM

Re: Longest straight line sail...
 
How can anything be straight when the world is round?

BubbleheadMd 10-24-2013 05:59 AM

Blasphemer! The world is flat!

Minnewaska 10-24-2013 07:12 AM

Re: Longest straight line sail...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by killarney_sailor (Post 1109688)
....gets a little ice bergy at one point, not to mention piraty...

I'm out. Two of my least favorite cruising experiences. :)

miatapaul 10-25-2013 12:00 AM

Re: Longest straight line sail...
 
This is a kind of cool image that shows that same line on a map, and shows how distorted a round object gets when displaying it flat.

http://i.imgur.com/rQlk4.png

chucklesR 10-25-2013 08:55 AM

Re: Longest straight line sail...
 
Ack, good thing I can't sail a straight line then.

Seaduction 10-25-2013 09:18 AM

Re: Longest straight line sail...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by chucklesR (Post 1110415)
Ack, good thing I can't sail a straight line then.

Actually sailing this route involves a continuously changing heading.


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