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    Re: Setting a course when sailing into the wind.
    From: Don Seltzer
    Date: 2016 Jul 28, 17:12 -0400
    On Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 3:38 PM, David Pike <NoReply_DavidPike@fer3.com> wrote:
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    > Jack Aubrey would have known the best way to do it.  I bet he could even do it towing a prize.


    Which he did, with a special flair,

    ... the Surprise was beating up against the steady breeze ... and if she had not been towing a dismasted ship she would certainly have joined the squadron a little after dinner. As things were, however, it was doubtful whether she would be able to do so before the evening gun ...

    'And now he is going to dismast himself. See how he cracks on! He will certainly run straight on to the Needham's Point reef. He cannot possibly avoid it.'

    This seemed to be the general opinion aboard the flagship, and talk died away entirely, to revive some minutes later in laughter and applause as the Surprise, racing towards destruction under a great spread of canvas, put her helm alee, hauled on an unseen spring leading from her larboard cathead to the towline, and spun about like a cutter.

    'I have not seen that caper since I was a boy,' said the Admiral, thumping the rail with pleasure. 'Very prettily done. Though you have to be damned sure of your ship and your men to venture upon it, by God. Determined fellow: now he will come in easily on this leg. I am sure he is bringing a prize. Did you smoke the spring to his larboard cathead?'

    Reverse of the Medal

    Don Seltzer

     
       
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