Month: November 2017

Summer hols

So many projects, so little time! So I’m taking a short break from serious blogging – I’ll be back at the end of August with the write up of our summer sailing adventure in Scotland. In the meantime just the odd picture from time to time. Until then, enjoy the archived posts and, of course, …

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Apparent Wind

The concept of apparent wind is largely unknown to non-sailors but if you sail a boat it’s a fundamental fact of life: Apparent wind is what you sail in. Apparent wind is the wind you experience when the boat is moving – it’s the true wind modified by the boats motion. A 15-knot breeze coming …

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A pretty picture

I’ve been very busy these past couple of weeks, with this and that, and it’s led to guilty feelings about my lack of attention to the always demanding blog. Then I recalled the words of Charles Caleb Colton: “When you have nothing to say, say nothing” So here’s a pretty picture.

The Compass

I don’t suppose anyone would argue with the proposition that the wheel is the most important invention in the history of mankind. I do realise that some folk think it was the thermos flask: “The thermos flask! That only keeps cold things cold and hot things hot!” “Yes, but how does it know?” Even so, …

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Lightning strike

Three people a year die from being struck by lightning in the UK. For the USA the figure is about one hundred. In fact, globally, you have about a one in ten million chance of dying from being struck by lightning. These figures aren’t very impressive when compared to all the other ways you could …

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