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Back in the 60s, a single little switch brought down much of the northeast of the US and a large part of Canada. Strangely, in 2003 another one happened that covered pretty much the exactly same area. The latter affected about 55M people from what I was just reading. The 60's one would have as well, but there just weren't as many people to affect at the time.
But, India is the all time winner, with one in 2012 that apparently affected 600M+ people. We barely have enough people in the US to match that if we went for a nation-wide failure.
tHAT'S NOTHING NEW, Venezuela HAS MADE an art form of living without electricity, but Maduro insists there's no problem. It seems like he wants them to live without food or mdecine, as well.
ActuaLLY IT'S GENIUS, IF THERE'S NO FOOD, YOU DON'T NEED MEDECINE.
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As the most experienced (been sailing since I was 4) I had the final say, though two others on the boat had experience, one a recent convert to sailing, and very keen, who had organised the trip, tended to run things minute to minute. But I was happy with that, he wants and needs experience. So I would take the boat in and out of the pontoons for example, or stand by while one of the others had a go.
The currents were surprisingly not too bad, given the massive tidal range there (up to 14 meters), we had a fairly lowish tidal coefficient (half moons) and had at most a knot of current, with a bit of confused water round one headland (but we were very close in sight seeing).
It is a fantastic area to learn to sail though, and navigate, more rocks, bouys, markers and lighthouses than you could want, and also very pretty, with good food!
".45 ACP - because shooting twice is just silly" - JSOP, 2010 ----- You can never have too much ammo - unless you're swimming, or on fire. - JSOP, 2010 ----- When you pry the gun from my cold dead hands, be careful - the barrel will be very hot. - JSOP, 2013