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 account from In...

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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...

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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 actual east coast is the high...

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 considerate. He...

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 national...

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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 Editor was...

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‘No pay, no prospects, not much pleasure’

So, he claimed (perhaps in jest), wrote H. W. Tilman in a crew recruitment advertisement in The Times circa 1960. We however offer you the prospect of considerable pleasure (but still no pay) in reading a new Collected Edition, jointly published by Lodestar Books with...

read more

‘Incapable of writing a dull sentence’

If I could recall where I read that about George Millar I would happily credit its writer for a statement as close to the truth as makes no practical difference. Having enjoyed the author’s re-issued Oyster River and Isabel and the Sea in recent years, I was a little...

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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 account from In...

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 actual east coast is the high...

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 considerate. He...

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 national...

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 Editor was...

read more

‘No pay, no prospects, not much pleasure’

So, he claimed (perhaps in jest), wrote H. W. Tilman in a crew recruitment advertisement in The Times circa 1960. We however offer you the prospect of considerable pleasure (but still no pay) in reading a new Collected Edition, jointly published by Lodestar Books with...

read more

‘Incapable of writing a dull sentence’

If I could recall where I read that about George Millar I would happily credit its writer for a statement as close to the truth as makes no practical difference. Having enjoyed the author’s re-issued Oyster River and Isabel and the Sea in recent years, I was a little...

read more