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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January 29, 2010



You are correct. It truly has tarnished the once glorious Cup.
Here is a suggestion for them... two boats, identical in every way...have at it boys.
Let the wind, sea and good sailing provide the winner.
No contest should ever be setteled in a court of law.


Make it a round-the-world race, and have the lawyers crew the boats.


I was going to write a comment but it got so long I turned it into a post at

Carol Anne Byrnes

In All Quiet on the Western Front, one of the more memorable scenes was the WWI soldiers fantasizing about what would happen to war if, instead of sending off their countries' boys and young men to die in the trenches, the leaders of the countries were to fight it out hand-to-hand.

Replace kaisers and prime ministers and presidents with lawyers, and you have a viable solution here.

Bathroom Shower Stall

That is sad that something fun gets ruined by the politics.

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