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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.
I was browsing my nautical library in search of a book when I stumbled on one I hadn’t read for years – Dear Dolphin by the late Frank Mulville. It’s a deeply interesting book by one of the great intellectuals of the cruising world. A communist at the time of the Cuban Revolution, he sails to Castro’s new regime and works in a cane-cutting commune. Add tales of his adventures sailing his old gaff cutter across the Atlantic and a serious insight into the hopes and fears of the single-handed sailor. I know what I’m taking to bed tonight!
Dear Dolphin by Frank Mulville published by Ashford, Buchan and Enrightmore...