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“Be careful with that tall boat! It's a very blustery day!”

Thomas Sets Sail is the twelfth episode of the eleventh series.


It is a windy spring day on the Island of Sodor, and Thomas is to deliver the Mayor of Sodor's yacht from the docks to the harbour. Cranky tells Thomas that he must wait for the engineer to put the boat's tall mast down, but Thomas is too impatient to wait and leaves.

Thomas races past Elizabeth, who tells him to be careful with the yacht, but Thomas feels too important to take any notice of her. Thomas approaches a bridge, but Rosie stops Thomas from going under it as the mast was too tall. Thomas goes back to take another way, but the mast gets caught in some trees. Thomas pulls as hard as he can and breaks free, but he does not know that the ropes tied to the sail have come loose, and the wind pushes the sail, causing Thomas to speed up significantly. Molly sees Thomas and tries to warn him about the sail, but Thomas is going so fast that he does not hear her.

Thomas is approaching the harbour, but cannot stop and races pass The Mayor, the Fat Controller and Lady Hatt. Finally, the wind stops and so does Thomas. Thomas realises his mistake and collects the engineer from the harbour. The engineer puts the mast down and Thomas arrives back at the harbour and the yacht is able to be unloaded and launched. The Fat Controller tells Thomas that he sees that he decided that full steam is better than full sail and Thomas agrees.




  • Going by production order, this is the third episode of the eleventh series.
  • In several shots of Thomas being carried by the wind, the footage is sped up.
  • This episode marks the last of three things:
  • This episode was shown in select US cinemas as part of Thomas and Friends on the Big Screen.
  • The boat engineer is Old Bailey with a head repainted from one of the football managers from Thomas and the Moles.
  • Thomas's original plastic model was used when he was at Norramby Fishing Village, when he meets Emily, when the sailboat got stuck, and when he went very fast.


  • When Edward puffs through the wind, his face is out of position.
  • When Thomas arrives at the docks, his wellwagon is tilted.
  • In the Polish dub, Rosie's English name is used by accident.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Thomas Levanta a Vela
Chinese Mandarin 托马斯启航
Czech S větrem v zádech
Danish Thomas til søs
Dutch Thomas Zet Alle Zeilen bij
Finnish Täysin purjein
German Thomas setzt die Segel
Hungarian Thomas vitorlát bont
Japanese トーマスとヨット
Korean 토마스와 돛단배
Latin American Spanish Thomas Zarpa
Norwegian Thomas får vind i seilene
Polish Rejs Tomka
Portuguese Thomas Vaia a Vela
Romanian Thomas Ridică Pânzele
Russian Томас поднимает паруса
Spanish Thomas se Hace a la Mar
Swedish Thomas sätter segel

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