Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sailor Superstitions

By Mike “Daubie” Daubenberger

My Grandpa started the sailing Daubenberger Family’s sailing tradition three generations ago.  When we proposed the trip, Grandpa was full of advice, helpful information, and had a number of mementos to share.  There was the PT yacht club flag, the stone soup fillet knife, and a silver dollar to be fastened to the front of the mast.  With the silver dollar came the following note:

Dear Sara + Mike

I’m sure you know that sailors are very superstitious.  Never sail on a Friday, never whistle before the mast, no women aboard (yeah right) and never sail without a silver dollar at the base of the mast.

Enclosed is the one that served us well on the Stella Maris for 20 years.  May it continue to keep you safe and bring you luck and happiness.

Love Grandma and Grandpa

This is my Grandpa, he has a word of advice, a solution to a problem, or a piece of heritage to share for every adventure, problem, or opportunity that may come your way.  I’m happy to report the silver dollar has been secured and the ship and crew have safely arrived in the Bahamas!!!     

1 comment:

  1. I think that Grandpa meant, "Don't start a sailing trip on a Friday." Pretty sure if you are out on a Friday that you will be ok! Great post!

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