sea fever

from the English poet laureate John Masefield, the poem “Sea Fever”:

I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.
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I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
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I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

I found the poem posted here, at a tribute to Sir Peter Blake:

Simply put, Peter Blake was easily the most accomplished sailor of our time.

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Blake gained notiriety as a sailor by becoming the first to participate in all five Whitbread Round the World Races (now known as the Volvo Ocean Race). The Whitbread is the most grueling test of sailing skill in existence. It covers over 30,000 nautical miles and lasts 9 months. Held every 3 years, it attracts only the best and bravest. Blake competed in 1973, ‘77, ‘81, ‘85, and was the winning skipper aboard Steinlager 2 in 1989. He won every stage of the race in 1989 and posted the most convincing victory in the history of the event. An event that most accomplished sailors won’t brave a single time–Peter Blake entered five times.

See the full post about Sir Peter Blake and more at the FM Allen Camp Smoke blog.

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