international spoken word of distress, corresponding to SOS. It derives from

the French m’aidez, help

me. The acepted format of a Mayday call is to repeat the word ‘Mayday’ three times in succession and without haste,

then give the name of your boat, her position, the nature of the trouble, and

what action you are taking. In short, tell them what they are to look for, and

where they are to look.