If You Go to Sea
If you go to sea you really must know
What to do when the wind she blows.
If weather bodes toward a nasty gale
You must, beforehand, shorten sail.
As the gale comes on and it gets quite rough
Head up to weather but don’t let sails to luff.
It’s a good idea to use a drogue
To keep the vessel under good control.
If when quite rough and stomach is sour
It will make it worse if only under power.
Many safety things should be aboard
EPIRB, life raft, plenty of tie down cord.
So when Mother Nature gnashes her teeth
You should secure all loose things on deck please.
Batten down the hatches, secure all below,
Then bear with the weather ’til the end of the blow.
After a storm passes by and blue fills the sky
Put all wet things topsides so they’ll dry.
— Flip Harrington and Soo Whiting