National Geographic : 1958 Dec
Threading the Isles of Greece: Mah Jong's Tour of the Blue Aegean For two months during a transit between Hong Kong and New York, a crew of young Americans toured the ruins of ancient civilizations, sites of history-making battles, haunts of poets, and fabled homes of Greek gods. The area is featured in detail on The Society's 10-color Atlas Map of Greece and the Aegean, a supplement to this issue. the ruler of Libya, fled that country with his 50 daughters, Athena helped them build the world's first two-prowed vessel. They landed here and built this temple in her honor." "What happened to the 50 daughters?" I stalled, not yet ready to move. "Three died here. Ancient Dorian cities were named after them: Lindus, Ialysus, and Camirus. For killing their husbands, all the others but one are in Hades, trying to fill a leaky jar with water they carry in sieves." Back in the car, we headed for Rhodes. I couldn't wait to test Mah Jong under sail. Inside the protected harbor, all was very calm. But beyond the breakwater a nor' wester whistled down the funnel formed by the high peaks of the Turkish coast and 738 Rhodes. Mah Jong bobbed like a cork in the choppy seas. "I'm renaming this boat Headwinds," Hovey snorted. "They've plagued us since Hong Kong." My stomach felt the rolling motion as I scrambled forward to help shorten sail. With every wave the bow dipped under green water. Then she'd climb up, up, up, teeter an instant, and crash down again. Water sloshed inside my new oilskins. All thumbs, I ran into winches, stumbled over blocks, and stubbed my toes. It takes time to learn a boat's pitching manner. But I couldn't learn anything now. My stomach again! I made sure to lean well to leeward. Poseidon won this battle quickly.