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Re: Leaving Port on Friday

When I left Frisco on my circumnavigation, 7-7-70, I heeded a lot of the superstition stuff, like leaving port on a Friday, never put a hat on a berth and later the banana and catching fish one. Never knew the background for these and disproved the fishing one solidly. I even went so far as to acquire a gold coin to put under Seafarer's mast with the double eagle that was already under there, when I restepped the mast in NZ.
My wife brought it up a month or so back and I realized I'd completely forgot all about the Friday one, probably because when you are chartering you don't get to choose your departure day. However, to this day, I go to great lengths to see that there is no hat on a berth. Haven't figured out if it's bad luck for the boat, hat's owner or the hat, but there it is.

"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
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