Castaway saved by a saw

In 2012 I discovered The Invisible Workshop, the boatbuilding and sailing blog run by Ben Crawshaw from his home on the Catalan coast of Spain, featuring Onawind Blue, his self-built Light Trow design by Gavin Atkin. His blog has been quiet of late but...

Strange goings on in Woodbridge

Some readers will know that I am fairly heavily implicated in The Albert Strange Association—the fan club for that Victorian/Edwardian ‘Rennaissance Man’. England’s East Coast (as we call the Thames Estuary, compared to which England’s...

Retrieving the pilot cutter’s dinghy

You’ll have spotted that our latest title Messing About in Boats has just appeared. As a correspondent familiar with the first edition wrote to me yesterday, a delightful book of real sailing from a man who comes over as being kind, compassionate and...

Viola edges a step nearer to home

We heard the other day from Viola principal author Robb Robinson, who tells us: We have secured the support of the Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (SGSSI) and their permission to recover the vessel, providing we carry out an environmental...

Subantarctic Evening

A crowded room in the West End of London was certainly enchanted last night as author, climber and sailor Philip Temple, visiting from New Zealand, spoke about the Tilman-skippered expedition in which he participated, fifty years ago, to reach and climb the 9,000ft...

Ken Duxbury 1923–2016

We are very sad to report the death on Wednesday 10 August, at the age of 92, of Ken Duxbury. Ken’s long career embraced Naval service, sailing instruction, founding the boatbuilding business which was later to become Cornish Crabbers, sailing journalism in...