Dear Sarah: On a nice day at sea, the wind is pleasant rushing past your head and ears, and sounds nice. But on a bad stormy day, when the wind is ‘whistling in the rigging’, well that is just scary. And as the wind goes up in velocity, it also goes up in pitch, so the noise is like an audible anemometer, telling you if you’re in the cabin, if the storm is getting better or worse. I don’t like it at all in that circumstance. I have used a pair of noise-canceling headphones sometimes to cancel out the wind sound so that I could sleep.

Question submitted by Sarah, FasTracKids, Irapuato