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~ pilot cutters to high-performance cruisers,

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Sailing

I’ve been Mate on a coasting merchant ship and run yachts for gentlemen. I’ve operated charter boats, delivered all sorts of vessels, raced at quite high levels and have been teaching sailing intermittently for thirty-plus years. I became a Yachtmaster Examiner in 1978.

Classics have been my passion and for forty years I owned wooden gaffers.  My wife Roz and I have sailed them all over the Atlantic, from southern Brazil to Iceland and from the Caribbean to Russia, with a number of trips to the US and Canada thrown in. I love traditional craft, but now I’ve finally gone bermudan. I’m happy sailing anything though that does the job properly.

NEWS

LECTURES 2014
30 October London Corinthian YC
25 November: Cardiff Bay YC
27 November: Torquay & District Medical Society
29 November: Old Gaffers Association
LECTURES 2015
9 January Hallberg Rassy
17 March New Parks
20 March CA Solent Section
27 March Axe YC
15 April U3A
29 April National Maritime Museum Cornwall
3 October Emsworth Yacht Harbour
24 October Nelson Society
10 November Stafford Coastal Cruising Club

NEW PUBLICATION
‘Pilots Cutters Under Sail’

NEW EDITION
Shell Channel Pilot (7th)
The Complete Yachtmaster (8th)

THE PERSONALISED BOOK SERVICE IS AVAILABLE AGAIN AS I AM BACK FROM SEA

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Nautical Book Corner ~ books I recommend

I’ve just sent a manuscript off to the publishers. The book is my selection from the best of maritime writing. It not only features well-known authors such as Edward Allcard, Frank Carr, Uffa Fox, Alf Loomis and Alvah Simon, there are also relatively unheard of writers and even includes a Sea Scouts’ log from the early 1950s. These extracts are introduced by me and have been appearing for the last ten years in my column in Yachting World. It’s been a real pleasure to discover these books again and I can recommend the one I’m currently re-reading ‘The Boy, the Cat and Me’ by Henry Plummer. A grand yarn.

The only problem is that I haven’t got a title for the book. Any ideas?  There’s a free copy waiting for the person who can come up with one.  Please contact me on tom@tomcunliffe.com

‘The Boy, the Cat and Me’ by Henry Plummer, recently republished by Stackpole Books (Nov 2003) ISBN: 1589762266

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Skipper's Tips

Button up the ‘moby’

Anecdotal evidence suggests that more reading glasses and mobile phones have been lost by sailors leaning down to attend to a docklines than by any other group of humanity.

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