And yet the fact remains that, had the wind failed and the fleet lost steerage way, or, worse still, had it been taken aback
from the eastward, with its leaders within short range of the enemy's guns, nothing, it seems, could have saved the headmost ships from capture or destruction.
"I have been taken aback
by the support of the fans, who have welcomed me with open arms, and I am determined to help make the 2017-18 campaign an enjoyable and successful one for them."
Folks just trying to keep it real may have been taken aback
when they saw a recent fundraising email from Dan Innis, the GOPer running for the state Senate seat in District 24.
But even l have been taken aback
by the amount of hysteria being generated in the country by a team that have no reason to even call themselves Welsh.
Tsonga had been taken aback
by Murray's cheeky return, but the Frenchman admitted it would look good on the highlights package.
Wenger has been taken aback
by Platini's criticisms.
ANDY JOHNSON admits he has been taken aback
by the size of his task to win a first-team spot at Everton.
Commonwealth champion David Davies has been taken aback
by the reception he has received since returning from the Games in Melbourne.
BEN STOKES says he has been taken aback
by the support he has had since his World Twenty20 nightmare.
Arsene Wenger admits even he has been taken aback
by Wilshere's development.
LIVERPOOL manager Roy Hodgson has been taken aback
by the intense scrutiny of his actions this season.
But Mertesacker has been taken aback
by the performances of the youngsters who stepped into the breach.