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 20, 2009



Pissed, snog & kebabs I know, but Specila Brew? Maybe that's something that happens if you have too much Special Brew.


Snogging is better than sailing... at any age.

John Davey

Thanks for the flashback to "The Young Ones", an absolute classic where no-one actually got hurt. Today's thrill-seeking television audience want to see someone experience real danger.

O Docker

Ah, but sailing AND snogging - some things you just can't do on a Laser.

Adam Turinas

Yeah but it's worth a try

Adam Turinas

Hey JP! I meant shpseshial brew


Don McIntyre is a round-the-world yachtsman (BOC 1990 single-handed) and a serial adventurer, including a number of sailing visits to Antarctica. He's also the person who provided Jessica Watson with the boat now known as Ella's Pink Lady. His home base is Hobart, Tasmania where Mike Perham spent some time making repairs to his yacht Totally Money. So it's not really surprising that Mike has put his hand up to join the Bounty Boat crew. But he'll have to wait until he's 18 to get into the Special Brew!

Adam Turinas

Thanks Annie. I didn't know that Don had provided Jessica Watson with the boat. His profile on his blog makes some interesting reading. He has a great philosophy on life:

"If you are fit and healthy you should not waste one is fun but always a challenge to get it all done and still believing that the single most important thing you can do in your life is have NO far so good! The Adventure continues."

Inspiring stuff!


Jessica has set sail again. Last I saw she'd completed 500 nautical miles without hitting anything. Good luck to her.

And Zac's younger sister is planning her own circumnavigation.

And then there's the 13-year old in NZ who has his skipper's license and his own Farr 727 that he races (

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