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The first night sail on board a catamaran

Published on 28 october 2014 at 9h59

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The first piece of good news: if you are apprehensive about your first night passage, it is quite natural and you are not an exception. The second: with a bit of training, a few tips and tricks of the trade, and finally a pinch of organisation, you will easily cope with this 'must' in the career of any self-respecting sailor. Even better, you even risk getting a taste for it and wanting more!

Let's call them Lucy and Jo. Delayed by a few preparation problems, they have to catch up the lost time and meet up with friends who are waiting for them in Madeira. But what are they doing? The weather forecast is good. Why are they stopping in almost every port on the Spanish coast? Back from two years around the Atlantic, they admit it openly and even laugh about it: they had never sailed at night. And they quite simply didn't feel capable of it. Until the day when the friends in question gave them a gentle telling off over the phone, saying that they weren't going to wait all autumn. So they had to make up their minds to lengthen the stages, point the bows of their beautiful catamaran directly towards Gibraltar, and face their first night at sea.

This is a natural apprehension at the start. In our society, fear of the dark is anchored in the collective imagination. And it's nothing new. In Greek mythology, wasn't Night the sister of Darkness and the daughter of Chaos? Sends a shiver down the spine, doesn't it? If you add that as the human eye is extremely sensitive, it ...
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