Well, I may be blessed (like most males of the species) with a supreme confidence in my own natural sense of direction but there is no doubt that Tillerwoman is the flower and nature expert in our family. So I asked her Tristan's question. "Do you know any ways in which wildflowers can help with navigation, dear?" She thought for a few seconds and replied, "Well, sunflowers follow the sun."
Hmmm. Are sunflowers wild? I guess they are in some places. And is the fact that they follow the sun any real help in navigation? I mean, if you can see the sun then you don't need any help from the flowers do you?
But I didn't ask my dear wife these obvious question. Believe me, it would not end well. Instead I found her this delightful time lapse video on YouTube of sunflowers following the sun. There are times when it's better to agree than to argue.
Wait. Isn't I'll Follow the Sun the title of a Beatles song? It sure is. I could enter this post in my own group writing project for articles based on Beatles song titles or song lyrics, Please Please Me. I might even win a hat. No, wait. I didn't offer a hat as prize yet. And even if I did, how could I win it from myself?
"What has this to do with sailing?" you may well ask. Well, sailors need to navigate, don't they?
Hmmm. I guess sunflowers aren't much use for navigating oceans are they? Good point.
Ummm. Well, a lot of sailors who live in climates with cold winters (like me) do "follow the sun" to warmer climates in the winter. I've written here before about my trips to go sailing in Florida, the Dominican Republic, the British Virgin Islands, and even Australia in my quest to "follow the sun."
It is rumored, though not yet confirmed by the International Laser Class, that the next Laser Masters Worlds will be in Queensland in March 2012. I've even reserved a room at the motel next to the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron for the rumored dates of the rumored regatta at its rumored location. Yes, Tillerwoman and I may well be heading down under again this winter so that I can enjoy a bit of yotting somewhere a bit warmer than Rhode Island.
Just like those sunflowers -- and the Beatles -- we'll follow the sun.