It's been 9 years of watching, doubting, speculating and hoping.
Watching sunset after sunset.
Doubting that a Green Flash is even a real thing.
Speculating Old Salts made up this cruising myth to amuse newbie sailors.
Hoping to actually see one for myself.
This winter, I actually saw two Green Flashes with my very own eyes. Yes. It is real. I even looked it up online, and sure enough, there's huge documentation, with pictures, videos. You can now add my testimonial to the literature.
A Green Flash is an optical phenomena that occurs shortly before or after sunrise or sunset. A refraction of light in the atmosphere, it can be a spot, a ray, or a flash of green light that lasts no longer than one or two seconds. You have to be focused to catch it--no chit chat, no turning away, no interuptions. (These could be reasons why it has taken me so long to succeed in catching sight of one for myself. You know how I hate to sit still and stop talking.)
Check. It. Out.
It's really there.
Supposedly it is even visible from the windows of an airplane. All you need is a view of an unobstructed horizon on a clear day.
So, you cruising buddies, have you see it yet?
What about you land-lubbers? Has anyone seen this phenomena over land?