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All true. His comments about hurricanes may be technically correct, if you come up behind them and follow in their wake as they head north and west you might indeed get a nice, and still safe, ride.

What worried me was not his statements, rather the bravado of his nonchalant delivery. The sea is nobody's servant. This sailor knows that all too well, having been on a ship that nearly ran aground due to the captain's bravado, taking a risk when there was no need. I will not forget the sight of the rocks just off our starboard side lit up suddenly by the wheelhouse searchlight.

Let the crew laugh at the sea, but the captain dare not.


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