Etiquette & superstition: sailing

There has been some grumbling amongst the readers of this site regarding my “etiquette & superstition” posts – mainly, that I have been making up these posts without any reference in the real world. Well. Let me just say that today’s etiquette tip about sailing is from page 638 of the first edition of Vogue’s Book of Etiquette by Millicent Fenwick, Simon & Schuster, publishers (1948). Take that.

ETIQUETTE: On a sailing trip of four days or longer, a lady should be sure to bring rubber overalls.

SUPERSTITION: When sailing, one should bring a cat on board for good luck. If the weather becomes inconveniently calm, one should lock the cat up in a cupboard. A breeze will pick up shortly.

Published in: on April 6, 2008 at 7:40 pm  Comments (2)  
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  1. […] repeating myself with today’s topic, let me assure you I am not. I have previously discussed etiquette and superstition about ladies on sailboats before, but this is my first etiquette and superstition post about women on boats. Dig the […]

  2. […] A cat on a boat is supposed to be lucky, but maybe it’s not so lucky to have two cats on a boat. […]


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