Robert Manry’s amazing West-East Atlantic crossing in a heavily overloaded 13ft 6in boat and his subsequent fame was now so long ago, I feel pretty sure even most sailing types have probably forgotten about his remarkable achievement.
So hats off to Steve Wystrach and colleagues for his efforts to produce a crowd-funded film designed to remind the world and to commemorate the event.
Manry was a sub-editor in his working life, so looking at the project website I was tickled to be reminded that the lone sailor had taken a copy of Strunk’s The Elements of Style with him, presumably to keep him on the straight and narrow as he wrote his log. Or was it to keep him company?
I read and was fascinated by Manry’s book a couple of decades ago, after finding a second hand copy in a shop somewhere. If you’re inspired to read it there are various e-book editions available via the Robert Manry Project site.
My thanks to John Simpson for reminding me about this story.
Read all about it and a lot of other videos including Broadland Adventure at the excellent Broadland Memories weblog.
Of Broadland Panorama, the author says: ‘It’s an absolute joy to watch… The film starts with the family’s arrival at the boatyard in Oulton Broad in a brand new Vauxhall PA Velox. Their boat for the week was what would have been the flagship of Hoseasons fleet, the 38ft, 8 berth Mayqueen(renamed Caribbean for this film), which cost between £33/10 and £66 to hire in 1960.’
SCAMP photo by Smallcraftadvisor
Some 25 years ago, Howard Rice completed a voyage around Cape Horn in a 15 foot wood and canvas sailing canoe – and now he’s about to do it again – this time in a John Welsford-designed Scamp – and the aim is to make a film of the adventure.
‘Round Cape Horn in a tiny sailing boat’ has quite a ring to it – for as the saying goes ‘Below 40 degrees South there is no law and below 50 degrees South there is no God.’ I hope he stays safe and the film gets made…