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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November 26, 2009



Thanks for sharing that story - and it sounds like Alad was well named!

Having the two you both into sailing and able charter must make for some great holidays in those coral atolls mentioned in the first post on Tillerman's challenge.


What a wonderful story.

I guess I shouldn't complain too much about TQ being on the far end of PA.

Janna Cawrse Esarey

I'm nodding. My favorite line: "Alice had a sense of humor failure." This, of course, has NEVER happened to me while sailing with my spouse.

Good stuff.

O Docker

Nice read!

In the beginning, I think sailing was coming between us more than drawing us together.

It wasn't until we sailed in WARM water, in the BVI, I think, that my wife saw any good in sailing at all. Sailing's been a long, sometimes rocky road (literally!) that's required us both to adjust our expectations, but it seems finally to be working out for the best.

I think a solid relationship will weather any storm, and, as in sailing, the toughest bits are where you learn the most.

Boat de Jour

Great story! Sailing definitely added a new dimension to our marriage as well. Now we have something new to learn together that we are both passionate about. Can't wait to have some of the adventures like the two of you have had in the Caribbean Islands and beyond.


Thank you for sharing your lovely story.

Sailing for me is best as a shared experience. My wife of 27 years enjoys a few sails a year with other couples and an annual "gourmet cruise" auctioned off for charity. Mostly it's a friend and I out for day on Raritan Bay.

I sail out of the Keyport YC and may see you on the water, Whisper, sail number SK 48.


I am very glad to know your dream, passion and adventure. some people idea extra ordinary as like you so thank you.


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