Wednesday 27th January
Do we really need all those Instruments?
"I maintain that I was taken hostage by an idea...Sailing back [to New Jersey, USA] from the Azores, the light on the compass kept failing, and the windvane steering got broken. We sailed at night using the Pole Star for direction. Then I got to wondering if it would be possible to steer without instruments in the daytime....".
In 1984 Marvin Creamer became the first and only person known to have sailed around the world without instruments. 30,000 miles. 18 months. No Chart Plotter. No Decca. No RDF. No Sextant. No Astrolabe, No Clock, No Watch. What made him do it? How did he do it and how successful was his trip?