Trawlers in the Great War—new film

Thousands of British trawlers and their crews were recruited into service as minesweepers and U-boat hunters in the First World War, and hundreds of boats and crewmembers were lost to enemy action. One surviving vessel was Viola, the subject of our book by Robb... read more

The Sea and The Snow—The Movie!

Fourteen minutes of unpublished cine footage, by Malcolm Hay and Warwick Deacock, of the high latitude, high altitude derring-do described in Philip Temple’s book The Sea and The Snow is now online at the Australian Geographic Society here.... read more

Tilmanfest at Yachting Monthly

Our new H W Tilman Collected Edition has now reached 10 of the 16 volumes to be published by next June, and is gathering some serious attention. Yachting Monthly have selected for their ‘Book at Bunktime’ (!) in the November issue Tilman’s gripping... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

Sabrina close hauled

Sabrina, left, and cover girl Mischief III are examples of Harrison Butler’s 26ft Yonne design,and in fact a third example was there at Beaulieu last night with a further 6 HB beauties, for the Harrison Butler Association’s autumn meet and dinner. Your... read more

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Trawlers in the Great War—new film

Thousands of British trawlers and their crews were recruited into service as minesweepers and U-boat hunters in the First World War, and hundreds of boats and crewmembers were lost to enemy action. One surviving vessel was Viola, the subject of our book by Robb... read more

The Sea and The Snow—The Movie!

Fourteen minutes of unpublished cine footage, by Malcolm Hay and Warwick Deacock, of the high latitude, high altitude derring-do described in Philip Temple’s book The Sea and The Snow is now online at the Australian Geographic Society here.... read more

Tilmanfest at Yachting Monthly

Our new H W Tilman Collected Edition has now reached 10 of the 16 volumes to be published by next June, and is gathering some serious attention. Yachting Monthly have selected for their ‘Book at Bunktime’ (!) in the November issue Tilman’s gripping... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

Sabrina close hauled

Sabrina, left, and cover girl Mischief III are examples of Harrison Butler’s 26ft Yonne design,and in fact a third example was there at Beaulieu last night with a further 6 HB beauties, for the Harrison Butler Association’s autumn meet and dinner. Your... read more