Five Things About Boating

Posted: April 4, 2013


A few months ago, we briefly discussed five of the most interesting and outlandish superstitions in the world of sailing and boating. Some serious (and not-so-serious) boaters and seafarers still follow these seemingly arbitrary rules, but many times they are just simple fodder for discussion. Either way, the superstitions are part of the rich, rewarding history of the sea and its culture, which has always been a big deal in Southwest Florida.

Here are a few more superstitions that caught our attention:

• Red Sky at Night: The saying is “Red Sky at night, sailor’s delight; red sky in the morning, sailors take warning.” A red sunset indicates that the next day will be beautiful, while a red sunrise indicates rain and bad weather. Not sure how much the math checks out on this one, plus the rule says nothing about the great 80s anthem by The Fixx, “Red Skies at Night.”

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