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Ben Crawshaw’s book Catalan Castaway gets a splendid review from the Dinghy Cruising Association newsletter

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Light Trow sailor Ben Crawshaw’s book Catalan Castaway published by the excellent Lodestar Books has just received splendid reviews from not one but two writers in the latest edition of the Dinghy Cruising Association’s quarterly journal.

I must say I’m delighted – recognition for Ben and his book has been slow, so it’s great to see this glowing endorsement of his book.

Paul Constantine sums up Ben’s story like this:

‘Ben, with no previous building experience, builds the first 15ft 4ins Light Trow, Onawind Blue, from free online plans drawn by Gavin Atkin.

‘He sails it from an open beach on the Costa Brava and learns from experience. His love of his boat, the sea and solitude is dripping from every page… there are few dinghy cruisers more deserving of recognition than Ben.’

I don’t know Paul that I can remember, but I have had dealings with Keith Muscott over the years, and he’s a knowledgeable, experienced chap, who is unlikely to be won over without reason. Here, then, is a quotation from his review:

‘… I am sure that this book will find its way into the sailing canon eventually, where this young man’s love of life and his enthusiasm for recording his ideas, his experience and his practical achievements will always mark him out as a true individual – whether they be photographs of his beautifully presented meals, or well crafted boat parts, or written records of wonderful days spend at sea.’

See the review here. Read a sample of Ben’s book here.

PS – This may be the right moment to link to a charming illustrated article published by Duckworks Magazine about another of my designs, the easy and simple MicroMouse paddler. It was written by Mouseboat enthusiast Josh Withe, and, fittingly for a little paddler designed for small people, it’s in the style of a children’s story: Seagull the Mouseboat.

 

Hollowshore, late October 2014

Some photos marking the end of the 2014 cruising season. The dreamy boat is Simon Harding’s Cygnet of London. I gather she was guilt in 1906 by the Burgoine brothers of Kingston on Thames to a design by her first owner, a G Chalmers.

I have some shots of her sailing over the weekend when I can find my mislaid camera…

PS – I’ve now found my camera (I left it on the boat!) and added my shots of Cygnet of London under sail, and a few of local wildlife for good measure.

 

How mistress of cruising Carol Hasse sets up her Folkboat

Classic Boat picked this up first, but I think it’s worth repeating. Carol Hasse has her boat worked out seriously well, and for boat users there’s always something to learn – or at least to understand even if we don’t adopt the same methods.

And then there’s this:

Port Townsend Sails: A Woman, A Place, A Passion from Paul Shapiro on Vimeo.