To depend on luck is to court disaster; to sail without it is to do the same. From this delicate balance is a sailor’s superstition born.
Second only to foresight, a sailor’s best insurance is his ability to improvise, an art that can improve with experience.
They were so well prepared that maybe when the first emergency came along that required improvisation – a solution not in their book – it destroyed their confidence. To be sure; preparation is the most important part of safe cruising, the best insurance you can get. But after a certain point a person must be confident enough to ad lib.
‘Blown Away’ Herb Payson