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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August 27, 2009



I guess describes the dumbest thing I ever did sailing.

Once whilst drifting past the Isle of Man, I popped a (readymeal) Lasagne into the gas oven.

You may imagine the great dread and consternation that followed when, 5mins later the cabin filled with smoke and smoke wafted up out of the stairwell

Your hero dashed below expecting the worst, and it transpired that the "brain of britain" had left the box of matches in the oven with the lasagne which, not surprisingly, had burst into flames.


Mine is well-documented and I look forward to topping it. I misjudged the wind strength for the day and then caught a 30+ kt gust on the wrong point of sail and ended up in the water, dinghy turtled, and daughters deciding that sailing is not for them. :(

O Docker

For me, it's the docking. And the undocking. One of the worst was the day I discovered you've got to cast off all of the docklines before leaving, not just most of them.

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