The origin of Messing About In Sailboats

  • The original quote is from Kenneth Grahame's Wind In the Willows: "There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."

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October 21, 2008


greg and kris

Nice find. Thanks!

Tony Hashfield

Excellent Mike, Good to see that the achievments of Sir Francis are still being remembered, He did some incredable things and the Gipsy Moth IV and V are just a small part of Sir Francises life.

For those interested in some items from Gipsy Moth that were recovered in Australia, by all means visit our website on - If anyone has any more info on this english legend please feel free to let us know.

Cheers for now



To see photographs of Yachting Monthly's restoration of Gipsy Moth IV, there's a images gallery here

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