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.
There’s a nice project here for someone!
My thanks for Fowey boat builder Marcus Lewis for pointing it out. Check on his boats for sale, and see his website to read about the Troy Class and the Fowey River Class.
Coble enthusiasts are planning a Sailing Coble Festival at Bridlington on the 13th–14th August this year, which sounds like a great idea.
It is being organised by the Bridlington Sailing Coble Preservation Society and The Coble and Keelboat Society, and is sponsored by the local Independent Shellfishermen’s Co-operative, and will bring together the largest gathering of sailing cobles anywhere in the British Isles in recent years.
Four locally based sailing cobles, Three Brothers, Imperialist, Madeleine Isabella and Gratitude; will be joined by the two new cobles; Free Spirit and Misnomer. Christina from Mevagissey and Grace from Staithes will also attend, and a number of other coble owners have expressed interest – and there is even talk of the North East Maritime Trust attending with the coble Royal Diadem II and a 40ft restored seine net keelboats.
Read all about it in the latest Coblegram.