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  • Sailing across the Atlantic ocean my friend Dwight hit several monster storms, one of which nearly sank the boat 2,000 miles off East Coast and 180 miles from where the Titanic sank. The boat was knocked over on its side and death flashed before his eyes. As the boat went over each wave it careened down into the next 25 foot wall. Dwight knew the old 50ft. wooden sloop built in France in the 1950s would not last the pounding if they continued to go over the waves.

    Drawing from his sailing experience Dwight decided to employ a sailing technique called "heavingto", which is a way of slowing a boat's forward progress by lashing the helm and backwinding the head sail. The crew went down below to ride out the storm. After two days of fierce winds and 25+ foot waves the storm passed and the crew came out on deck. A day later, several birds appeared above the boat at sunset. Dwight was surprised to discover they were pigeons. They were notably exhausted and must have been blown off course by the big storm. They attempted to land on the boat but the movement of the boat spooked them off. After several attempts they circled the boat and then flew off due west into the sunset, most likely towards their inevitable death. This story told by Dwight (audio) is about one of these pigeon's who decided to come back and rest on the boat.
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