Cowes Week – Fascinating Facts

Fascinating facts about this famous regatta.

Much missed last year, Cowes Week is going to be back for 2021.  Starting on Saturday 31st July it runs until Friday 23rd July.  Here are some fascinating facts you may not know about this iconic sailing regatta.

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Valentine’s Day traditions

Unusual Valentine’s Day traditions from around the world

Many countries celebrate Valentine’s Day.  Whilst in the UK we tend to buy cards, flowers and chocolates for our Valentines, other countries have other Valentine’s Day traditions to show their love to their Valentine.

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Unusual Nautical Terms

Unusual Nautical Terms Onboard a Boat or Ship

Here are some of the more unusual nautical terms used aboard a seafaring vessel.

BaggyWrinkle

A baggywrinkle is a material, often old or scrap rope, that is used to wrap around parts of the rigging or mooring lines to prevent chaffing. 

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Moluccas Islands

The Foundations of the East India Company

Moluccas Islands

The 16th century paved the way for the East India Company, which would become one of the most notorious organizations in history. It was a hotbed of naval exploration. Our oceans belonged to Portugal and Spain, as they blazed trails through unchartered seas. Such was their dominance they agreed to split the world in half with the Treaty of Tordesillas, 1494.

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carbon monoxide awareness week

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week

carbon monoxide awareness week

CO Awareness Week Monday 23rd to Sunday 29th November 2020

This week sees the start of Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week in the UK.  Here is a reminder of the dangers of carbon monoxide and why you should be aware of it in confined spaces like a boat.

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The Challenger Deep

marina trench
The Deepest Ocean Area – The Challenger Deep

“…we have better maps of the surface of Mars and the moon than we do the bottom of the ocean. We know very, very little about most of the ocean.” Gene Feldman.

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HMS Victory Shipwreck

hms victory wreck

HMS Victory 1737

When HMS Victory is mentioned thoughts immediately turn to Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar.  However, there is another famous HMS Victory, the predecessor to Nelson’s flagship.

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Breverton’s Nautical Curiosities

nautical curiosities

Breverton’s Nautical Curiosities: A Book of the Sea – Terry Breverton

I was given my copy of Breverton’s Nautical Curiosities as a gift from an old boyfriend.  The boyfriend has long gone now but my Breverton’s remains by my side as a much-treasured item.

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Fata Morgana

superior mirage

What is a Fata Morgana?

A fata morgana is an optical illusion caused by atmospheric conditions.  These complex superior mirages appear on the horizon.  They can be seen either on the sea or land and at different altitudes with some being observed from aeroplanes. These mirages can take all forms, mountains or towns on the sea, to ships that fly in the air.

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