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Old 10-23-2013
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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.
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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!
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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 :-)
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Re: Longest straight line sail...

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

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....gets a little ice bergy at one point, not to mention piraty...
I'm out. Two of my least favorite cruising experiences.
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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.

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Re: Longest straight line sail...

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

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Ack, good thing I can't sail a straight line then.
Actually sailing this route involves a continuously changing heading.
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