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The glowing compass of night sailing

glowing_compass.jpg MIT sailors enjoying a cold, stormy sail Thumbnails Three days prior to going in for the season... MIT sailors enjoying a cold, stormy sail Thumbnails Three days prior to going in for the season... MIT sailors enjoying a cold, stormy sail Thumbnails Three days prior to going in for the season... MIT sailors enjoying a cold, stormy sail Thumbnails Three days prior to going in for the season... MIT sailors enjoying a cold, stormy sail Thumbnails Three days prior to going in for the season... MIT sailors enjoying a cold, stormy sail Thumbnails Three days prior to going in for the season... MIT sailors enjoying a cold, stormy sail Thumbnails Three days prior to going in for the season...

Night sailing is magical and is something few get to experience. It is very unlike day sailing; sailors get to watch the stars overhead (or a meteor shower, as we did no a trip to Maine), the moon rise at 2:30 AM, or the jellyfish light up as they emerge in the wake of the boat. It can also be memorably cold - the most miserable hours I can recall were during a foggy, cold midnight to 4:00 AM watch off the southern tip of Cape Sable, with heavy dew dripping off the main onto us.

The magic is when you are sailing into a good wind with the stars to guide you and the moon outlining the horizon and the waves, and knowing that you can do this forever, or at least until you can climb in to your warm sleeping bag.

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