Five Quotes To Voyage By

Bust of Roald Amundsen at Ny Ålesund, Svalbard
Bust of Roald Amundsen at Ny Ålesund, Svalbard

We are on our way back from an incredibly busy trip to Europe teaching our High Latitude Voyaging course and then spending several days in France visiting Boréal.

Here is a short post that will, we hope, make up for our silence of the last few days, and amuse while we wend our way back to Canada and then catch our breath at home, at which point normal programming will resume.

#1 Adventure is just bad planning. —Roald Amundsen

#2 Verily the lust for comfort murders the passion of the soul, and then walks grinning in the funeral.—Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet)

#3 A weather forecast is only the most likely of several possible scenarios.Me

#4 I thought you’d rather have a live donkey than a dead lion.—Sir Ernest Shackleton (letter to his wife about turning back just 112 miles from the South Pole.)

#5 There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.—Sir Ranulph Fiennes


Are there any quotes that say something useful about ocean voyaging to you? Please leave a comment.


We will close with a couple of photographs of this site’s editors hard at work sailing a Boréal 44 and interviewing her creators—somebody must do it. Look for a report soon.




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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 18 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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