Sailing related quotes:
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the tradewinds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk."
-Sir Francis Chichester
The pessimist complains about the wind.
The optimist expects it to change.
The realist adjusts the sails.
-William A. Ward
Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day.
Give him a fishing lesson and he'll sit in a boat drinking beer every weekend.
Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit.
Only two sailors, in my experience, never ran aground. One never left port and the other was as atrocious liar.
If you live a life of make-believe, your life isn't worth anything until you do something that does challenge your reality. And to me, sailing the open ocean is a real challenge, because it's life or death.
If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.
Sailing a boat calls for quick action, a blending of feeling with the wind and water as well as with the very heart and soul of the boat itself. Sailing teaches alertness and courage, and gives in return a joyousness and peace that but few sports afford.
A sailing ship is no democracy; you don't caucus a crew as to where you'll go anymore than you inquire when they'd like to shorten sail.
My goal in sailing isn't to be brilliant or flashy in individual races, just to be consistent over the long run.