Lodestar to launch a new edition of The Sea and the Snow at Arthur Beale’s, 6th October


London West End yacht chandlers Arthur Beale are hosting an evening of talks with slideshows and film on the 6th October to celebrate the launch of a new edition of Philip Temple’s book The Sea and The Snow in conjunction with publishers Lodestar Books.

Start time is 18:45 sharp, so please arrive early, and the event is at Arthur Beale Ltd, 194 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8JP.

This new edition is well illustrated and includes with many previously unpublished photographs from the expedition to Heard Island, a remote speck in the far Southern Ocean, four thousand kilometres to the south-west of Australia.

In 1964 it had been the object of a number of expeditions, but none had reached the summit of its 9000-foot volcanic peak, Big Ben. Warwick Deacock resolved to assemble an impressive party of nine to tackle the challenge.

Heard had no airstrip and was on no steamer route, and the only way to get there was by sea in their own vessel, and so Deacock called on veteran mountaineer turned high-latitude sailor Bill?Tilman, already renowned for his sailing to climb expeditions, and he readily signed on…

The launch will be attended by the author Philip Temple, Bob Comlay, who later sailed to Greenland with Tilman, and the expedition’s engineer Colin Putt.

Their reminiscences, combined with a slide show and some never-released film of the expedition, will make for a memorable event; we suggest you book early to be sure of a seat.

As usual at a Beale’s talk, there will be a nominal £5 admission charge, to be refunded against any purchase to the value of £15 or more on the night – such as a copy of The Sea and The Snow!



Sculling across the Atlantic. Of course…

Breton godille

Passionate about sculling, Hervé Le Merrer plans to power himself by sculling alone from Cape Verde to Martinique during 2018.

Fellow members of his yacht club at Trébeurden on the Côtes d’Armor are taking the whole thing seriously, as is the town, which has provided Le Merrer with premises in which to work on his project. I only hope he has fun and doesn’t kill himself…

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.