The saying goes something like this:
Red sky at night,
Red sky at morning,
I’m happy to say this was the red sky at night, therefor, sailors’ delight.
Somehow, someone had figured out the weather patterns by the look of the sky. The old salts would have been very aware of the changes in the sky, just as the new salts are aware, although the latter have the help of modern meteorology and constant weather updates on their VHF radios.
Still, they hang onto the old beliefs. Some sayings, such as the one about the “red sky ” are wise and based on common sense, while others make about as much sense as an old wives’ tale.
Here are some other bad luck superstitions that fishermen still pay attention to (even if they don’t outright believe in them):
!. Never start a trip on a Friday.
2. Never open a tin can upside down on the boat.
3. Never whistle on a boat. You’ll whistle up the wind.
4. It’s bad luck to change the name of a boat.
5. Being followed by a shark brings a boat bad luck (I can believe that one, especially if I were planning on dangling my hand over the side!)
But a sailor at sea,
(though it’s not for me),
is something that many
would love to be
A blog that mentions sailing and superstitions of sailors can be found at Victor Tribunsky’s fabulous travel blog. Just click on his name. You’ll be amazed at the many places Victor has been and has told about. His photos are excellent.
Do you have any superstitions that nag you? Maybe you don’t really believe them but you still don’t tempt fate by going against them?