Friday, October 09, 2009
Need Some Help
When I first started sailing the bay nine years ago, it seemed that every boat that came in front of my boat was on a collision course with me. It made me very nervous and unsure. Then one of my partners, Geoff, pointed out that by looking at the land behind the boat, you could determine if the other boat would pass in front or behind you. If the land is stationary, you are on a collision course. Once I learned this little trick my confidence soared. Can anyone tell me what this tool is called? If you have not tried it, give it a whirl. It makes a huge difference in navigating a busy sea way. Last question, is this phenomenon from the math discipline of geometry? Please leave a comment if you know the answer.