‘Below Deck Sailing Yacht’: What Are Some Common Superstitions in Boating?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Captain Glenn Shephard, Byron Hissey

Ciara Duggan from Below Deck Sailing Yacht observes that the crew obtained an ominous warning that the crusing yacht may expertise dangerous luck.

Captain Glenn Shephard, Byron Hissey
Captain Glenn Shephard, Byron Hissey|Karolina Wojtasik/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank by way of Getty Images

An enormous oil spill happens on deck throughout an upcoming episode. As deckhands and Captain Glenn Shephard assess the injury, Duggan remarks, “This could have been the bad luck thing from the crows.” First mate Paget Berry agrees because it seems he too witnessed crows surrounding the crusing yacht.

While some individuals would have dismissed seeing black crows, a crow flying throughout the bow of your boat is considered dangerous luck. In reality, numerous superstitions persist in boating, despite the fact that most have been confirmed to be unfaithful.

These superstitions are sometimes simply folklore

Some wild superstitions like ladies being dangerous luck on a ship have been confirmed to be unfaithful. But some previous tales from the ocean nonetheless persist within the business.

Some wild superstitions (particularly on fishing boats) embody: Never carry a banana on a ship, don’t put on gray gloves, and don’t point out any 4 hooved animals (pigs, cows, horses).

When it involves yachting and boating, keep away from doing something on Friday, in keeping with Scuttlebutt Sailing News. “Friday is an unlucky day. This is one of the oldest and most enduring traditions of sailing. It is unlucky to begin a voyage or ‘set sail’ on a Friday.”

Changing the boat title is ‘catastrophic?’

Some imagine that altering the title of the boat is harmful. “With regard to the belief that changing the name of the boat is catastrophic, the French agree, although with a significant exception,” Scuttlebutt Sailing News experiences. “Only on August 15 you can give a new name to the boat, after scrupulously following a rigorous ritual.” Quite a number of of the yachts used on Below Deck issued a brand new title for the boat when it was featured on the present. Perhaps the names had been modified on August 15.

Also, have you ever heard deckhands whistling whereas they work? They in all probability know higher than to try this. “According to many cultures, whistling at sea brings misfortune. It is said that Fletcher Christian aboard the HMS Bounty used a whistle as a signal for the mutiny against Captain William Bligh,” in keeping with Scuttlebutt Sailing News.

Another superstition is utilized primarily to crusing yachts with regard to wind. “The French have an old saying, perhaps obsolete, but worthy of mention, used on sailing ships of the past centuries,” Scuttlebutt Sailing News experiences. “When they met several days of upwind unfavorable conditions, they would ask, “Vent debout, vent debout sans fin, qui n’a pas payé sa catin?” (“Upwind, upwind endless, who did not paid his whore?”) The unfavorable wind was thought-about a punishment for sailors who had left port with out having paid the invoice on the brothel.”

Did the crows trigger the oil spill?

Until now, Shephard has remained extraordinarily calm on the present. But the oil spill on deck prompts him to utter a comment usually heard from Captain Lee Rosbach from Below Deck. “Goddammit!” Shephard says in response to seeing his deck coated in oil.

The crew believes the oil leak is the result of a hydraulic malfunction. The whole crew is alerted there’s oil on deck and to take care. Chef Adam Glick friends on the mess from the inside. “Oh that is a lot of oil,” he observes. “Jesus.”

Below Deck Sailing Yacht is on Monday at 9/8c on Bravo.

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