"For Boats, even the uglier ones, are among the loveliest creations of man’s hands, and though owning them brings a train of debts, hangnails, bruises, bad frights, and all kinds of worries not experienced by those who content themselves with more practical vices, the relation between man and his boat is as personal and intimate as the relation between husband and wife" - DESMOND HOLDRIDGE

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Seasickness patched up

February 2017 Yachting Monthly Letters:-

Slack the stack-pack

This letter appeared in the December 2016 Yachting Monthly and the tidying of the stack pack was done on my old Jeanneau 44.

Ballasted fenders

This letter appeared in the August 2016 Yachting Monthly:-

Atlantic Return

This article appeared in the August 2016 issue of Yachting World. Helen Fretter, the Deputy Editor interviewed crews in Horta for a feature on the ARC Europe rally which had not been featured before. The account of Hejira’s ‘chaperoning’ of… Continue Reading →

Security Bars

Yachting Monthly July 2016 Security Bars

Breathing Underwater

This appeared in the June 2016 Yachting Monthly:-

Just suck it up!

This article was published in the May 2016 Yachting Monthly and the process is also referred to in the Technical section of this web site under ‘Rubbish Problems.

Bob’s Alumni Magazine

Bob who crewed on the ARC+ crossing was asked to write an account for his old school (Daniel Stewart’s College in Edinburgh) Alumni magazine which, following some school mergers is now known as the ‘Stewart’s Melville College Former Pupils Magazine’…. Continue Reading →

Miss Bones

This letter was published in the Caribbean Compass in March 2016. It was written by Lynn Mines (my sister-in-law) following the rescue of an abandoned dog from Petit Nevis (between Bequia and Mustique) during our cruise through St. Vincent and… Continue Reading →

Rotary talk

I was invited to do this talk by my next door neighbour, Bob Calaz but, as is usual with these things, the report is wrong on a number of counts and it would seem they made much of it up!… Continue Reading →

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