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Traditions and culture relevant to the world of real boating and sailors

The manliness of sailors


‘I’ve just finished writing up a paper on images of Jack Tar between 1760 and 1860. I’ve rather fallen in love with Jack Tar. When my analytical brain was idling, I wondered why his figure appealed to me. After all, he’s often thoughtless, drunk, and womanizing.’

For the rest, see:

All the Nice Girls Love a Sailor

‘Did you sail that thing here?’ – Leo Goolden solos the Atlantic in a Folkboat

The things people do with a Folkboat.

I remember dreaming of buying one and sailing off when I was just 16. I wouldn’t have had the slightest idea what to do with it, but the thought was so appealing…

‘Did you sail that thing here?’ – solo across the Atlantic in a Folkboat

Suhaili on the Solent

There’s a little bit of magic here. Robin Knox-Johnston’s famous Round the World boat Suhaili sailing on the Solent a few weeks ago.

This is the excellent Nic Compton’s work and I’ve been far too slow in mentioning his latest books, a BBC-commissioned miscellany titled The Shipping Forecast and Notable Boats, which tells the stories of 40 famous vessels that involved in great adventures.


The reviews look good for both, and here’s an extract from The Shipping Forecast to read