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Sailing Superstitions

I'm not superstitious but I find it never hurts to have luck on your side. I can't seem to find a lot of superstitions though for sailing. I've heard that if you have a clean set of teeth before you go out on the water the wind will be on your side. So before I went sailing last time I brushed my teeth for a good ten minutes and as it turns out I had a great day of sailing. Anybody know some more?
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I thought us sailors were plenty superstitious. One I hear often is never start a cruise on a Friday. Bad luck it is.
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Never bring your mother-in-law aboard.


OK, maybe that's just me.

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For most superstitions there is a counter "spell" that eliminates bad luck. Apparently spitting in your hat counters the bad luck of a cat crossing your path. I've never tried that since I rarely wear a hat.

In sailing, there's the cremonies that go along with changing the name of the boat to elininate the bad luck that may result.
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Dolphins swimming with the ship are a sign of good luck. Killing one will bring bad luck.
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bananas on boats = bad luck, so they say especially if you fish, plus you might slip and fall on the peel :-)

http://www.azinet.com/captjim/bananas.htm
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More superstitions

Coiling a line counter-clockwise is bad luck. Potted plants on board are bad luck. Having a man of the cloth aboard was once thought to be bad luck (although many sailors have been known to pray with all their heart on certain occassions afloat).
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"A naked woman on board will calm the sea. This is the reason for naked figureheads."
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A silver coin placed under the masthead ensures a successful voyage.
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Coiling a line counter-clockwise is bad luck.
Okay...how many people stopped an thought about which way they coil a line?

I tried to imagine coiling a line counter-clockwise in my head and let me tell you it was a very clumsy effort
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