The many moods of sailing


“Messing about in boats” is a well-known phrase in the English-speaking world, often used in boating articles and blogs and even the title of a boating magazine. The phrase comes from the children’s book The Wind in the Willows by author Kenneth Grahame in which he wrote, “There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” This may hold true for many who take to the water, but for the keen yachtsman or woman, messing about is not at all what it’s all about – sailing is highly competitive.

To get the best out of a boat requires a great deal of skill. Come rain, come shine there’s always a sailing boat on the lake – provided that the wind is right. A breeze of 7-10 knots (8-12 mph) is probably favoured by most for nice, easy sailing. However, every boat and every skipper will have a preference and each will be different. A 17 to 20 knot wind (19 to 23 mph) gets quite exciting if you fancy crashing through the waves with the wind and spray in your face. 
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