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Sailing Proverbs – Sailing – Sail Away Girl

Hello Sailors,

I ran across some sailing proverbs recently and thought how true so many were, especially those relating to weather. Here are some of the ones I found that I liked best. These come from all over the world.

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Sailing Proverbs About Weather:

  • Quick rise after low oft portends a stronger blow.
    • Referring to the barometer rising quickly after sitting at a low reading.
  • If rain bothers you, you can always jump into the sea.
    • Seems like going below might make more sense, but what do I know.
  • Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning; red sky at night sailor’s delight.
    • Very common proverb known to sailors and holds largely to be true.
  • When halo rings the moon or sun, rain’s approaching on the run.
    • Another proverb that almost always holds true.
  • Rainbow to windward, foul fall the day; rainbow to leeward, rain runs away.
    • Kind of obvious, but saltier than just saying you’re going to get wet if the rain is windward of you.
  • Seagull, seagull, get out on t’sand, we’ll ne’er have good weather with thee on t’land.
    • This I did not know. Seagulls apparently go inland in foul weather. Unfortunately the gulls move when the weather turns not before it, so not a weather predictor.
  • Beware the bolts (lightning) from North or West; in South or East the bolts be best.
    • Applies to Northern hemisphere.
  • Mackerel skies and mares tails, soon will be time to shorten sails.
    • Ok this one is lost on me. I looked it up and it refers to clouds, but nothing I could find actually clearly explained this one. If you know, I’d love to hear.
  • Seamen learn to get to know each other during a storm.
    • This is how you see your crew working and their skills.

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Sailing Proverbs About Fishing:

  • There are people that fish and those who just disturb the water.
    • Just found this funny.
  • Don’t bargain for fish which are still in the water.
    • Good advice.
  • A fish should swim thrice: in water, in sauce, and in wine.
    • Completely agree with this one!
  • A fish gets bigger when it gets away.
    • Another good fish story truth.
  • Even small fish are fish.
    • True just won’t feed as many fishermen.
  • Better sma’ fish than nane.
    • ‘specialy if yar hungry.

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Sailing Proverbs About Bad Luck:

  • It is too late to learn to swim when the water is up to your lips.
    • Oops!
  • A ship on the beach is a lighthouse to the sea.
    • Oops again!
  • Better to lose the anchor than the whole ship.
    • Hard to do it, but very sage advice.
  • After the ship has sunk, everyone knows how she might have been saved.
    • Sort of like being the Monday night quarterback or hindsight is always 20/20.

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Sailing Proverbs About Seamanship:

  • Make not your sail too big for your ballast.
    • Lots of canvas is not always smart.
  • One should learn to sail in all winds.
    • True.
  • The prudent embark when the sea is calm — the rash when it’s stormy.
    • This one seems so hard for some to heed.
  • When the sea is calm, every ship has a good captain.
    • Same for companies too.
  • A ship with two captains sinks.
    • Too many cooks definitely spoils the broth.
  • If you can’t tie a knot, tie a lot.
    • This one made me laugh. If you need to learn some knots a great site is animated knots.
  • Below 50 degrees south, there is no law. Below 60 degrees south, there is no God.
  • There is no wind that blows right for the sailor who doesn’t know where the harbor is.
    • The time to be looking for a harbor is not when you need one.

One more of my favorites that will date me…Soggy rice not taste nice. From Minute Maid or Uncle Ben’s Rice rice commercial. It’s so old you can’t even find it via Google. Now I understand why people look at me funny when I recite it.

Hope you enjoyed these as much as I did. If you have any other sage proverbs to share, I’d love to hear them!


See you on the water,

Sail Away Girl

Cranberry Recipes

Hello Sailors,

Well, It’s that time of year again…Cranberry Season! At least that’s what I think of when the holiday season roles around. It is one of my favorite dishes at Thanksgiving dinner next to turkey. If there could only be two dishes at Thanksgiving I would have to choose turkey and cranberry sauce or in my case, the cranberry chutney that I have been making for many years now.

I like cranberries so much that I dedicated one entire cookbook to them. The book also has my cranberry chutney recipe in case you want to give it a try this year. It involves some chopping to make, but you make it the day before and chill it overnight so it’s done and ready on meal day. It makes quite a bit too, so plenty for leftovers or doggie bags.

If you order the book today, it will arrive in plenty of time to make the chutney or any of the other delicious cranberry recipes in the book.

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In case you didn’t know, cranberries are really good for you besides being delicious. I thought I’d share some interesting information that you may not know about cranberries that hopefully will add to your enjoyment of eating these wonderful and nutritious fruits. Here we go!

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Cruise Planning – Sailing – Sail Away Girl

Hello Sailors,

I am took yet another course with the Waukegan Sail and Power Squadron, Cruising and Cruise Planning. This course is designed for those that wish take their boat, power or sail, out for more than just a day sail.

The course was taught by the loveliest couple, Ken and Anne, who sailed around the world over a ten year period. They have been sharing stories of their adventures and I can’t get enough! They also imparted their wisdom from all the people they met and the places that they visited.

They got so animated when they talked about things that happened or people they met along the way. They have terrific mementos of their trip that they pull out to share with us. One they shared with us in class was Russian Naval Long Underwear. Apparently they had to be stolen from the navy lockers, which is the way all transactions in Russia work (or worked).


Ken offered to pay, but the Russian said no just alcohol was all he wanted. Ken said he and the Russian sat and chatted for hours even though neither of them spoke the other’s language. He said they just pointed and gestured their way through.I can’t wait for encounters like this.



They told us about various other places in the world too. One location, that escapes me now, the locals would not let them pay for fuel. Instead the locals wanted coffee for payment. So Ken and Anne handed over a jar of instant coffee. I guess it was a fuel for fuel exchange. :)


They shared with us that no matter where they went, the children would always come out to see them. So they always traveled with crayons and coloring books that they could give to the children. Did I mention how lovely these two are? I have made a note to myself to take along things for children I encounter along the way too.



They recounted how they were in Venezuela on a coastline that did not even have a road to it. It was just a bunch of homes along the shoreline where fishermen and their families lived. They met children here and had given this one young boy a colored lead pencil that had multiple color leads in the cartridge. Well they came back six months later and the little boy brought back the pencil to show them that all the lead was gone. Since they did not carry replacement leads, as of course they never expected this eventuality, they just gave him a new pen. Too funny!

All of us in the class commented that we wish the course was more about them and their travels as we could sit and listen to them for hours. Don’t get me wrong, the information that is the official part of the course is very valuable and we are enjoying that too, it’s just that the stories from their travels are awesome and very entertaining. I  thoroughly enjoyed this course. I didn’t want to miss a thing.

The group of people that I am taking the class with consists of the same folks that I have been taking all my other course with. This group, to say they are a hoot would be a severe understatement! We were so disruptive because we laughed so much in class. Why Ken did not smacked us over the head is beyond me.

One of our group is so in awe with Ken’s calm and nonchalant demeanor. Ken mentioned that as he was single-handing across the Atlantic that he got de-masted and Maureen said “he made it sound like he got his hair cut!”. I’m telling you, awesome folks!

Well that’s it for today.

See you on the water,

Sail Away Girl