Category Archives: Sailing boat

Faversham Nautical Festival fun in the sun…


Well, it was everything you’d expect, with boats, music, stalls and people, and what’s more the sun came out! Well done, the folks of Faversham!

The voyage of the Southern Cross – Howard Rice aims to tackle Cape Horn in a 11ft 11in boat

Southern Cross adapted Scamp

Howard Rice famously rounded Cape Horn in a canoe many years ago – and now plans to do it again, but this time in an 11ft 11in boat designed by John  Welsford. The drawing shows how he’s adapted the boat; the original plans of this popular can be purchased here.

Read about the project and Howard’s thinking here.

Looking for Snarken…


Does anyone know the whereabouts – or fate – of a cruising yacht called Snarken please?

Reader Thomas Hauerslev says that in the 1960s his family sailed the Runa-type yacht built in 1912.

She visited the UK’s East Coast several times around a century ago, and again in the 1980s at some point, he thinks. No-one he’s been in contact with has seen her since 1995.

Does anyone in the UK have any clues for him – was she possibly bought by someone over here? If you can help, please contact him through his web page about the boat. Please copy me in on your email at – I very much like to know about these things!