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15 January, 2019




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2019 Update

Unfortunately it seems the Knotting Hill winery event may have fallen by the wayside with the demise of the Dunsborough GP14 fleet so we are planning an excursion to Albany in late January to assist a training fleet of GPs down there.

Social Cruises

We often take a casual cruise to either Freshwater Bay or South Perth foreshore (under the bridge) from our home at Mounts Bay Sailing Club and would happily take along newcomers or anyone interested in getting a feel for a GP14, just contact us from one of the many links on this website and we will be in touch. This photo from our latest jaunt to Freshwater Bay foreshore.

New and Lost Members

We are happy to advise Fraser has completed refurbishing Skylark and now can't ace the prospect of selling her so we hope to see him on the water soon! New member Chris has teamed up with Louis over the past season and we hope will remain as a regular. We have a few potential new members on the scene looking to purchase a couple of the Geeps currently for sale so we are crossing fingers they will swell our numbers shortly. 

Skiing in the Sailing Season?

Once again, due to some poor planning, or the attraction of cooler climes in the summer, means we are without two of our regulars again for periods during February and March. May you break a leg fellas – or is that the wrong thing to say to a skier?

With not a lot to report sailing-wise I came across an interesting article on renaming one's boat and the potential curse that goes with it (begging the permission of the original author):

Tempting the Sea Gods: Renaming Your Boat

Superstitions abound in all cultures, but you probably will not encounter a more superstitious bunch of people than sailors.

Why is this? Most psychologists believe that superstitions evolve from a feeling of lack of control. Writer and psychology professor Stuart Vyse states: when something important is at stake, yet the outcome is uncertain, then superstitions are used to restore confidence.

So much about taking a boat out on the water relies on things beyond our control: the weather, the state of the ocean, the mechanics of the vessel; sailors have a lot to worry about. It makes sense, then, that so many superstitions revolve around sailing and cruising.

Of all these though, changing the name of a ship or boat is said to cause the worst luck of all. Why is it such bad luck to change the name of a vessel, after all boats change hands all the time?

This superstition goes back a long time with tales abound of captains renaming their ships in a moment of hubris, only to be met with a tragic watery end. Legend says that when every ship is christened, its name goes into a ‘Ledger of the deep’ maintained by Neptune (or Poseidon) himself. Renaming a ship or boat means you are trying to slip something past the gods and you will be punished for your deviousness.

My present boat had an unpronounceable Dutch name, Klavertje Vier, and, when I decided to change it, I was advised by a local Amsterdam shipwright that one guaranteed way of placating the gods of the seas was to have a virgin piss in the bilge. This presented some practical problems as certified virgins are in short supply everywhere.

I thought about quizzing passing school kids on their status and, if qualified, asking would they mind stepping aboard for a quick slash in the bottom of my boat. This seemed likely to provoke an unsympathetic visit from the local constabulary, so I decided not to pursue the idea.

Whether or not you are superstitious, if you decide to change the name of your boat fellow sailors consider it good form to perform a renaming ritual. A ceremony that alerts the sea gods and shows them you have no underhanded motives.

With a little preparation and, if done in the right way, you can rename your boat without invoking the wrath of Poseidon or, if you have just bought a new boat, you can use the boat naming ceremony described below to bring good luck and fair weather to your vessel.

A step in the renaming ceremony is to placate the gods of the winds, essential for rag and string powered cruising sailors. This will assure you of fair winds and smooth seas. Because the four winds are brothers, it is permissible to invoke them all at the same time.

Facing north, pour a generous libation of champagne into a champagne flute and fling to the north as you intone: “Oh mighty rulers of the winds, through whose power our frail vessels traverse the wild and faceless deep, we implore you to grant this worthy vessel (boat name) the benefits and pleasures of your bounty, ensuring us of your gentle ministration according to our needs. Eurus, Zephyrus, Boreas and Notus, exalted rulers of the winds, grant us permission to use your mighty powers in the pursuit of our lawful endeavours, ever sparing us the overwhelming scourge of your wild breath.”

Once the ceremony has been completed, you may bring aboard any and all items bearing the new name of your vessel. If you must schedule the painting of the new name on the transom before the ceremony, be sure the name is not revealed before the ceremony is finished. It may be covered with bunting or some other suitable material.

As a final touch place a branch of green leaves on the bow to ensure safe return to land as you take your well-earned maiden voyage.

Good luck, bon voyage and may the gods sail with you.

Andrew Brockis

Reproduced in part from an article in of 4 Jan 2019

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