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 01, 2009



Sounds like you guys had a great party. And thanks for pointing us at some excellent blogs I wasn't aware of before.

I'm sure Joe is right about the Eastern Passage of Narragansett Bay. It certainly is busy down there, especially on summer weekends, with all kinds of recreational craft out for fun, mixed up with commercial traffic trying to make a living. I'm a great respecter of the larger commercial boats and especially of those being towed or escorted by tugs, and make sure to keep well out of their way in my little Laser.

Actually I hardly ever sail in the Eastern Passage. Most of my solo sailing around here is on Upper Narragansett Bay or on the Sakonnet. River. The bay in front of my house is Mount Hope Bay, and we get some large barges and other vessels going up and down the bay, mainly coal carriers, I suspect, going to the power station at the head of the bay. There's also a proposal for a LPG terminal up there too which will make things even more exciting if it ever happens.

If I ever get tired of blogging about Laser sailing I could buy a good camera with a telephoto lens and write the Tugster equivalent for Rhode Island waters!


Ah, Adam! what an honor, thank you! what fun! what a hangover. oof. xoxo!


Hey, since you mentioned that Brian has done some serious passages, I have to link to my favorite picture of him - here he is crossing the Pacific!

That was great. Except the hangover. oof x 2.


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thomas armstrong

This looks like a lot of fun! Please invite me next time, I'm not so far away, just about 2 hours and I'd love to meet you all.


You bet

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