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If in doubt, make tea…

Oh, well done Ben Ainslie.  Small boat racing is something I admire but would never, ever, want to do. For a start, it’s fast, wet and stressful and I like my boats slow, dry and relaxing.  Then, there’s the ‘winning’ thing – I’ve tried racing once or twice at club level but really can’t find continue reading »

From school days to schooners, via Stephen Fry

The only thing I remember about my English teacher at secondary school was the telling off she gave me for wearing my trousers too tight.  Well of course I was. Trousers had only recently been introduced as optional school uniform, so the game was to bend the rules in the same way that we rolled continue reading »

Sailing into the past

Welsh trading schooner Maritime history has been flavour of the week, while I’m working on some pages of a workbook for the Welsh Joint Education Council.  Smacks, schooners and coracles are the theme of the pages, so I’ve been digging for stories to bring the subjects to life.    Shipwrecks, of course, and the daily life of a continue reading »