The Wrigglings of the Eel
Ernest Hicks Oliver
THE cruises of the Eel are well known to readers of the YACHTING MONTHLY through the logs of Mr. George Holmes, but since she passed out of his hands she has rather slipped into obscurity, and it is in the hope that her doings may still be of interest that I have ventured to jot down this short account of her wanderings since I became her owner. But there is not much to tell; the steady old boat takes one there and back almost without incident.
All of us set out to sail with the idea of having a good time, and we usually succeed in having it. The only point of interest is that opinions differ as to what constitutes a "good time," and we only fail when the ideas of different people in the same boat happen to clash. Some like to brave the breeze and laugh at the groaning gale; others are content to meander from port to port whilst a gentle breeze allows; while others prefer to take their pleasure on the smooth waters of a land-locked estuary or on the miles of inland waters to be found on the Norfolk Broads. I should like to confess at once that I have little use for hard winds. I am perfectly satisfied to regard a cruise as a good one when nothing particular happens, and one makes one's port in a quiet and orderly manner. As a record therefore of an adventurous or a strenuous time these notes must be regarded as a failure; nevertheless they are an account of a good time, and one thoroughly enjoyed by the ship's company.
The Yachting Monthly, January, 1915