Traditions in Launching Spring Sailing Season

By: American Sailing Association, Sailboats, Social Media, Weather

Sailors are a superstitious lot. We don’t just hop on a boat and cast off–certain rituals must be observed. Most of these are simple: Don’t leave on a Friday for a long passage, don’t whistle on board, always wear a certain lucky garment, etc. Some of them are practical. For example, a boat needs to be thoroughly inspected and maintained before it is sailed, and of course the people handling the boat need to have quality sailing training. And then, once in a while we go in for something a little more elaborate. At the launch of a new sailing …