A week ago I was sailing in the Gorge at a place where it is over a mile wide.
As I jibed on the far side of the river from the launch, a woman waved to me
from the water. She had broken a mast and needed help. She was not to far
from shore so I told her to swim her gear to shallow water and I would go and
get another mast.
I sailed back to the launch and picked up a mast. I put it along my mast
and tied it at the top and bottom using some strechy cord. When I started
back across I realized that I could not see her in the water. When I got
half way across she started up the bank on the other side so I was able to
see her. She was able to rig up the mast and sail back across the river.
Now for the question. How close do you need to be for someone to see you in
the water? If she had been floating with her board and her head and arms were
the only things out of the water how close would I of had to be assuming that
I am about 6 feet tall standing on my board?
People say that you can see 13 miles on the ocean but I could not see one mile
across the river. What gives?