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A firm foundation of financial unrest


To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise, you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen who play with their boats at sea… “cruising” it is called. Voyaging belongs to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about.”I’ve always wanted to sail to the south seas, but I can’t afford it.” What these men can’t afford is not to go. They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of “security.” And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine – and before we know it our lives are gone.What does a man need – really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in – and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That’s all – in the material sense, and we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention for the sheer idiocy of the charade.

The years thunder by, The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed.

Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life?

Quote of the day


No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail; for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned. A man in a jail has more room, better food and commonly better company.  

                       Samuel Johnson

Quote of the day: more on seasickness

pg013.gifHarris said that, to himself, it was always a mystery how people managed to get sick at sea – said he thought people must do it on purpose, from affectation – said he had often wished to be, but had never been able.

Then he told us anecdotes of how he had gone across the Channel when it was so rough that the passengers had to be tied into their berths, and he and the captain were the only two living souls on board who were not ill. Sometimes it was he and the second mate who were not ill; but it was generally he and one other man. If not he and another man, then it was he by himself.

It is a curious fact, but nobody ever is sea-sick – on land. At sea, you come across plenty of people very bad indeed, whole boat-loads of them; but I never met a man yet, on land, who had ever known at all what it was to be sea-sick. Where the thousands upon thousands of bad sailors that swarm in every ship hide themselves when they are on land is a mystery. 

—  from Jerome K. Jerome Three Men in a Boat

Quote of the Day: from We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea


He had done his very best.  And anyhow, here, at night, far out in the North Sea, what could he do other than what he was doing?  If anybody could have seen his face in the faint glimmer from the compass window, he would have seen that there was a grin on it.  John was alone in the dark with his ship, and everybody else was asleep.  He, for that night, was the Master of the Goblin, and even the lurches of the cockpit beneath him as the Goblin rushed through the dark filled him with a serious kind of joy.  He and the Goblin together.  On and on.  On and on.  Years and years hence, when he was grown up, he would have  a ship of his own and sail her out into wider seas than this.  But he would always and always remember this night when for the first time ship and crew were in his charge, his alone.

    — from We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea by Arthur Ransome

WDMtGtS is Ransome’s best book for adult sailing enthusiasts, and even though it is the seventh in the series, it stands on its own just fine.   Arthur Ransome based the fictional cutter Goblin on his own Hillyard 7-tonner, the Nancy Blackett.  She was “the best little ship I ever owned”, and he later regretted selling her (to please his wife who wanted a bigger galley).  She has today been restored and is lovingly cared for by the Nancy Blackett Trust.


Quote of the day


“How calm! How still! The only sound the dripping of the oar suspended.”   
William Wordsworth

Quote of the day

For will anyone dare to tell me that business is more entertaining than fooling among boats? He must have never seen a boat, or never seen an office, who says so.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Quote of the day

“Master and Owner of the Racundra.”  Does any man need a prouder title or description?  In moments of humiliation, those are the words that I shall whisper to myself for comfort.  I ask no others on my grave.

Arthur Ransome  Racundra’s First Cruise

Quote of the day

“Why is almost every robust, healthy boy with a robust, healthy soul in him, at some time or other, crazy to go to sea? Why, upon your first voyage as a passenger, did you feel such a mystical vibration, when first told that you and your ship were now out of sight of land?”

Herman Melville  Moby Dick