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    Default A Chuckle for the real sailors.

    Here is one I felt may amuse you in these dreary days of lock in.

    A Coarse Sailor's Beaufort Scale.


    From the book ”The Art of Coarse Sailing” by Michael Green.

    .....
    Beaufort
    No.
    Seaman's
    description
    of wind
    Wind
    speed
    (knots)
    For Coarse use, based on observations made at Potter Heigham and Bosham
    For use on land, based on observations made at land stations
    0
    Calm
    < 1
    Boat moves sideways with tide
    Cigarette smoke gets in eyes
    1
    Light air
    1-3
    Coarse yachtsmen hoist sail, then wind instantly drops
    Wet finger feels cold
    2
    Light breeze
    4-6
    Tea-towels blow off rigging
    Public houses close one window
    3
    Gentle breeze
    7-10
    Coarse boats careen. Difficult to make tea underway
    Public houses close two windows
    4
    Moderate
    breeze
    11-16
    Gas keeps going out
    Beer froth blows off
    5
    Fresh
    breeze
    17-21
    Coarse sailors get book on sailing from cabin and turn up a bit on reefing
    Customers in public-house gardens go inside bar
    6
    Strong
    breeze
    22-27
    Coarse sailors try to double reef
    and go aground
    Elderly customers have difficulty in leaving public house
    7
    Moderate
    gale
    (high wind)
    28-33
    Coarse sailors rescued by launch
    Public-house door cannot be opened against the wind
    8
    Fresh
    gale
    34-40
    Coarse sailors in public house
    Public-house sign blows down
    9
    Strong
    gale
    41-47
    Aaaaaaaaaah...
    Coarse sailors struck by falling sign
    10
    Whole
    gale
    (heavy
    gale)
    48-55
    N.B. - Although the Beaufort Scale goes up to Force 12 it is felt unlikely that anything over Force 9 would interest Coarse sailors except on a television programme.
    11
    Storm
    56-65
    12
    Hurricane
    > 65
    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    Fun !!!

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