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    how can I wish a nice sail

    please, might you help me to find proper words to wish a nice sail, to a friend of mine who's going for a long voyage by boat ?
    thanks in advance
    Piero

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    Re: how can I wish a nice sail

    You could say "Have a nice trip." Or "Have a nice journey."

    But in England, we often use the French expression "bon voyage" which seems perfectly fitting here.

    Uncle M (not a teacher)

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    Re: how can I wish a nice sail

    [Beat me to it.]

    Quote Originally Posted by pierofranconi View Post
    please, might you help me to find proper words to wish a nice sail, to a friend of mine who's going for a long voyage by boat ?
    thanks in advance
    Piero
    A strangely appropriate wish would be 'Bon voyage' [French, but widely used by English-speakers]. The stress on the last word is unEnglish - not /'vɔ:jɪʤ/ but /vwa:j:'a:ʒ/ (that's not an accurate transcription of the French, but it's close enough if you restrict yourself to English phonemes).

    The word voyage has - in French, as far as I know - no necessary implication of 'trip on water (it's derived from voie, in English a carriage-way, ultimately from Latin via). But in English, a 'voyage' is usually on water and/or taking place over a considerable time, which is why I said 'strangely appropriate'.

    The fact that native English speakers aren't always aware of the derivation is the story of Sam Goldwyn greeting people arriving by ship with the words 'Bon voyage' - a so-called 'Goldwynism'.

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    Last edited by BobK; 28-Feb-2011 at 11:54. Reason: First line afterthought

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    Re: how can I wish a nice sail

    Another possibility is a quote from A Gaelic Blessing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia : 'May the wind be ever at your back'. (Now I'm just showing off! , but it is an appropriate wish for someone about to sail away.)

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    Re: how can I wish a nice sail

    If the person is actuually going on a sailing trip (i.e, where the boat is driven by the action of the wind on the sails), you might wish them 'fair winds'.

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