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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
7 October: Northants CA
8 October: Gerrards Cross SA
10 October: CSSA
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
15 April U3A
29 April National Maritime Museum Cornwall
10 November Stafford Coastal Cruising Club

MASTERCLASS on board Lady Emma
20 October 2014

NEW PUBLICATION
‘Pilots Cutters Under Sail’

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

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Nautical Book Corner ~ Books I’ve enjoyed

I’ve just read ‘First Lady’ by Kay Cottee for my Great Seamanship column in Yachting World. She’s girl with a wonderfully wholesome outlook. I was dimly aware of her before I read her book, but she really is a pippa. She writes well too. So many modern writers just don’t seem to get it, but reading Kay makes you want to sit down and drink whisky in the cockpit with her while hove-to in a North Atlantic gale.

She was the first woman to sail singlehanded around the five great southern capes – an achievement which often gets overlooked or forgotten, more’s the pity. Women circumnavigators have it so much easier now, but back in those days it was really something and took a will of steel.

Highly recommended armchair sailing

First Lady by Kay Cottee published by MacMillan Australia 1989

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Skipper's Tips

Don’t feel it, eyeball it

Checking for an anchor dragging by feeling the cable might work, but it’s not guaranteed.

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