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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March 21, 2009


Mark Hendy

I shouldn't worry, if you don't know you don't know do you. I had much the same experience. I'm going into my third season as an owner and I've had to go through a huge learning curve. Just be thankful you've got mentors all around you who love to opportunity to demonstrate how much they know. Incidentally, when you've got to grips with the outboard service, ahem, you could always post up a tutorial for those, ahem, who could use the knowledge :-D

Carol Anne

That's one of the beautiful things about a sailing club or yacht club. There are always wise sages and old salts around who are willing to help the novices learn. For the salts an sages, it's almost a sacred mission, to spread the gospel of sailing.

The RGSC is considering having a special "Salts and Lubbers" regatta, which would pair up old salts and relative newcomers to sailing (or at least to sailboat racing) in two-person crews. Based on my experiences with Zorro over the past couple of years, as I have learned racing, I think it's a fantastic idea.

Meanwhile, on outboard service ... there may be something useful coming up soon on Five O'Clock Somewhere.

Adam Turinas

The thing I have found in any new activity, especially one as complex as this is that To Do The Right Thing Well, you have to start by Doing the Right Thing Badly. You can't cut corners. The other thing is that doing the work on the boat at the club is a lot more fun than being on my own in a yard. I am loving it!

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