December 16, 2010

Bring it on, Al

HAVE YOU NOTICED how little we’re hearing about global warming recently? I wonder why that should be? Could it be because the whole country is registering record-low temperatures; because even way down south in Florida they’re going to the beach in their overcoats?

I have never been sure how much to believe about global warming. I do believe the earth has warmed up and cooled down many times over the centuries. There’s plenty of good solid evidence for that. But I have no idea if any of the previous warmings were influenced in any way by the presence of mankind and his infernal combustion machines on the face of the earth.

Al Gore and his ilk assure us that the earth is warming right now and that mankind is to blame. And he thinks it’s wrong. He wants to stop it. Well, I’m sorry Mr. Gore, but a great many of us who live north of 40 degrees in latitude can hardly wait for it to arrive.

Can you imagine what Puget Sound, the San Juans, and the Canadian Gulf Islands would be like if we suddenly inherited the climate now enjoyed by Southern California? Sunshine, warm winds, and warm seas are the only ingredients missing from this paradise for cruising boaters.

A little global warming around here would transform our lives. Boating people from all over the world would flock to our palm-fringed shores, white beaches, and warm turquoise water. The yacht charter business would boom beyond belief, creating jobs and prosperity that would surge right through our economy. Western Washington’s families would flourish in a brand-new American dream. The color would return to children’s faces. Their little bellies would be full, and their happy laughter would become a hallmark of the new, beloved global warming. Tourist dollars would overflow our coffers, and no longer would our poor State Governor have to sob her eyes out over drastic cuts in essential services.

So c’mon Mr. Gore, pony up. You promised us global warming. Where the hell is it?

Today’s Thought
Global warming — at least the modern nightmare vision — is a myth. I am sure of it and so are a growing number of scientists. But what is really worrying is that the world's politicians and policy makers are not.
— David Bellamy

Boaters’ Rules of Thumb, #134
What exactly is a motor-sailer? Well, here’s the rule of thumb. Imagine a hefty headwind of Force 6 (22 to 27 knots) and a short, choppy sea. If a sailboat could make way to windward more efficiently under shortened sail than under her motor alone, she is an auxiliary sailing yacht. If she could reach her windward destination quicker under power alone, she is a motor-sailer.

Don’t worry if your job is small
And your successes few ...
Remember that the mighty oak
Was once a nut like you.

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Thom said...

John, I've enjoyed following your blog. I usually find your writings fun to read and informative. But when it comes to global warming, you might want to check out You'll find that the vast majority of scientists (97% to be exact) believe that global warming is indeed occurring, with potentially devastating impact on us lowly humans. It's a well researched blog that looks into all of the various misinformation being spread about global warming, and carefully footnotes and gives you references for everything. Check out the arguments listed on the left nav bar as a good place to start.

Fair winds,

Eric said...

Another great thing about Global Warming, we should go aground less on the shoals! As the ice at the top of the orbs melt, the seas will rise. Forget the shoal keel, we'll be bragging about our 7' drafts and amazing windward performance!

I suppose it might be a little tough on all those atolls and low lying islands in the South Pacific I want to visit, though. I hear it can be tough to cook dinner with a snorkel and face mask on

Drew said...


John, I read your blog regularly, because your posts are incredibly well-written and knowledgeable.

This post was really disappointing. As a mariner, you certainly must have a deep understanding of how weather systems interact.

"Global warming" doesn't mean "warmer, sunnier days", it means dryer, scorching summers and longer, colder, harder winters. It means bigger storms. MUCH bigger.

How many storms last season were the largest on record? How many storms in 2011 will be even bigger? Maybe the media-fed hype is all baloney and we have nothing to do with it, but the storms in the past couple of years have been getting worse and worse...

John Vigor said...

Drew, you shouldn't take everything you read here too seriously. My books and magazine articles are serious. But here I write for fun. I take many liberties in the name of humor. I can believe the earth is warming. It's just not doing it here in the Pacific Northwest, dammit.

John V.