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    Re: What do offshore recreational navigators really do?
    From: Peter Fogg
    Date: 2005 Jun 8, 13:28 +1000

     Lu Abel commented:
    > Would we approve if they sailed
    > without a life raft?  Or lifejackets?  Or, these days, an EPIRB?
    
    They predated much of this stuff. However, down in the Southern Ocean when
    Beryl was on the tiller she would attach herself to the boat with a rope
    that could have been used to tow them. It was a bit of a joke - "Whatever
    else happens we won't lose Beryl!" She was on the tiller when the boat was
    somersaulted over itself by one of those pesky 'rogue' waves - she saw it
    coming but could do nothing except ensure the boat was facing directly away
    from the wave, then remembered nothing until she found herself in the water
    a little distance from the boat, both masts gone with part of the
    'doghouse', her thick rope sheared clean as if cut. Miles came up and later
    recounted that at that moment their situation seemed so hopeless he
    contemplated joining his wife in the water. Beryl, happily for the story,
    was made of sterner stuff and sent Miles looking for buckets. From then on
    they were busy.
    
    
    

       
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