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Beyond the horizon lies Antarctica

I’m still working on the final edits of ‘Sketchbook Sailor’, but we’re nearly there. Writing a book is like being pregnant – months of gently growing, then an intense and rather messy bit at the end. Anyway, I think I remember saying at the time that my ocean sailing trip was to be my last continue reading »


Oceans and islands Part Four

Penguins, shipwrecks and whalebones – the Falkland Islands When Captain Fitzroy and the ‘Beagle’ arrived at the Falklands in March 1833, Charles Darwin’s diary notes: ‘The first news we received to our astonishment, that English had taken possession of the Falkland Islands and that the flag was now flying. These islands have been for some continue reading »


Oceans and islands Part three

Sea, sails and sketchbook – Rapa Nui to Falklands via Cape Horn When I was a child I had a globe. I’ve always loved maps and as we moved every few years it was good to spin the globe and see where our next home was going to be. Usually I kept it with the continue reading »


Oceans and islands Part Two

Flying fish and fickle winds ‘There’s a world of difference between saying ‘I want to’ and ‘I will” (Bernard Moitessier) It took us thirteen days to sail from San Cristobal in the Galapagos to Rapa Nui (Easter Island), a voyage of 2,007 miles. In that time we saw three ships, plenty of flying fish and continue reading »


Oceans and islands

It’s time for an adventure. Perhaps it’s always time for an adventure of one kind or another? The trouble is, many people live in my head – it gets very crowded in there. The bold, brave me makes plans to have a bold, brave adventure and then disappears a few days before it’s time to continue reading »