the wings of the rushing wind

“There is no more thrilling sensation I know of than sailing. It comes as near to flying as man has got to yet – except in dreams. The wings of the rushing wind seem to be bearing you onward, you know not where.

You are no longer the slow, plodding, puny thing of clay, creeping tortuously upon the ground; you are part of nature! Your heart is throbbing against hers. Her glorious arms are around you, raising you up against her heart! Your spirit is at one with hers; your limbs grow light! The voices of the air are singing to you.

The earth seems far away and little: and the clouds above your head are brothers, and you stretch your arms to them.”

Jerome K. Jerome – Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of The Dog) (1889)