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My new crewman arrived, in a box….

Mar 12, 2020 | 1 Comment

Probably the most important piece of equipment a solo sailor can take with him is his self steering gear. This vital piece of equipment will be the sailor’s First Mate and helmsman 24 hours a day, every single day for close to ten months! It steers the boat in all but the calmest weather. The stronger the wind gets, the better the wind vane …

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St Helena Race – December 2020

Mar 5, 2020 | 0 Comments

How to change a boat’s name….

Feb 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

According to legend, there are certain rituals and procedures to be followed when changing the name of a ship or a yacht, and failure to do this correctly would lead to bad luck! However, if done correctly, and with respect for the old name, this can be avoided! Click the link below for an insight into the ceremony: I have decided not to …

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Some thoughts on “big weather”…..

Feb 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

The South African Coast has experienced some pretty intense weather during the early days of October. Durban was hit by the exceptionally strong winds and torrential rain associated with a coastal “cut-off low”. Earlier in the same week, the Cape Peninsula was blasted by a North Westerly winter gale.  A sailor who decided to put to sea from Durban, aware of the impending weather, …

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The Wishlist

Jan 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

Being a ‘retro’ race, acquiring all the items needed to comply with the race rules is not as simple as walking into a chandlery and ordering them! I may not take any electronic items on board at all, with the exception of a digital camera (as long as it does not have GPS capability!) So I’m asking friends and interested people to scratch around …

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