A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: David Pike
Date: 2019 Jun 9, 13:59 -0700
Geoffrey Kolbe you wrote: "Celestial Navigation for Yachtsmen" by Mary Blewitt. Yachtwomen, of course, do not need a book to teach them celestial navigation. They do the cooking, the cleaning, and haul on a rope when told. That said, I found this book by this yachtswoman the best on the subject I have read.
I’m sure your second and third sentences were spoken in jest. If anyone thinks otherwise, they ought to re-read Mary Blewitt’s obituary in the Telegraph. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1366813/Mary-Pera.html Many years ago, I used to sail as second mate with mixed crews of school boys and girls in 72’ ketches two or three times a year. When the weather picked up in the middle of the night, and there was a call for all hands to put in an urgent reef, the girls were predominantly the first out of bed, and first up on deck, correctly kitted up and ready to work. DaveP