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July 29, 2016

Hen ships;

When a square-rigger that was manned for war or trade, carried a female it was known as a “hen ship”. Females were not unwelcome on board but they posed problems for the crew when they could not be shared around. And if they were shared around you could alway...

July 29, 2016

Reflections on the circumnavigation of Sir Francis Drake:

Drake’s big voyage around the globe, more accidental than intentional was a milestone in English history. Not until then had any Englishman done anything quite like it. They had the wars and battles and heroes. K...

June 1, 2016

Source of Buccaneers.


It has often been argued how did the name buccaneer come about. Here are two versions, make up your own mind.


Henry Morgan later to be known as Sir Henry Morgan governor or Jamaica was asked in a waterside bar “why Henry nice to see you, where are...

May 2, 2016

Where the hell is it?

When I first bought my yacht I managed to scrounge an old battered fibreglass dinghy off the former owner. It really was a heap of dog dirt but it didn’t leak, came with lovely old oars and rowlocks and could hold my giant frame and two others. I h...

April 30, 2016

Swarbrick 42’ revisited:



I had an opportunity to sail a Swarbrick 42’ yacht, “Rum Jungle”, from Port Stephens to CYCA at Rushcutters Bay. To fit the trip in so close the Christmas and to be ahead o southerly weather as that was the direction we were travelling I decid...

April 29, 2016


“Lost, pinched or escaped, one dinghy”

Most boating magazines have a free section in their classifieds for ads of this description. Why? Because they realise just how important the dinghy is to the waterborne person. Just like in the old wild, wild west where the cowbo...

April 28, 2016



Communicating at sea by sign: I have already lauded the virtues of learning Morse code and knowing your flags. I am going to amplify my feelings on this now. At sea you are never positive that your VHF, UHF or HF radio is always working. Your cell phone is good for a...

April 16, 2016

How’s your dinghy?

Probably the most maligned and yet necessary part of our boating equipment is our dinghy. O.K. for some of us the dinghy is the only boat we have or what maybe we have to aspire to, but for the moment let me talk about the dinghy as an addendum to our...

April 8, 2016


In Australia


I was asked to deliver “Luann” a 55’ cutter rigged steel Roberts ketch from Southport to Cairns. At approximately 1,000 nautical miles I thought it would make an ideal test sail. The owner, an iconic former op...

March 13, 2016

Discover Sailing School will have a stall at the Toronto Heritage Festival on the foreshore of Toronto Bay, Lake Macquarie during Easter Saturday and Sunday, 26-27 March 2016.


Come visit us - just look out for the Discover Sailing School's distinctive yellow Hi Ace cam...

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