Fair winds and following seas” is a nautical blessing with origins shrouded in mystery—no one really knows where it first came from.

Some suggest it was lifted from literature, which seems plausible since many artists have created something remarkable without receiving credit.

Dictionaries typically define it as a way to say “farewell and have a safe journey.” For instance, you might wish someone “fair winds and following seas” as they embark on a trip across the South Pacific.

As someone who frequently looks up quotes, I’m always amazed by how many different people are credited with the same saying. The same goes for songs.

Growing up on a sailboat, working on a SCUBA boat, and later joining the Navy, I’ve heard this phrase often among seafaring folks. It’s usually used as a parting term that ties us all together.

So, fair winds and following seas, wherever your travels take you.