Surf Boat ’38 – 1930s thrills and spills on Bondi Beach

My thanks to excellent dinghy designer and sail maker Mik Storer for passing this one along.

Brest Maritime Festival – fancy being part of the English Village?


The William Fife-designed 1903 sailing yacht Moonbeam pictured during the Brest Maritime Festival a few years ago (Source: Wikimedia Commons, photograph by Ludovic Péron)

Historian, serial exhibition presenter and activist Kipperman Mike Smylie tells me he and Classic Sailor editor Dan Houston are organising an ‘English Village’ for the Brest Maritime Festival, which this year is being held from the 13th to the 19th June.

They’re looking for folks with something maritime to offer to take part – I’d guess boatbuilding skills, sailmaking and ropework, publishing and perhaps many more things I haven’t thought of could all be appropriate. It’s just possible I might make the trips and sing sea songs (like this)…

If you’d like to go and think you fit the bill, email me at, and I’ll put you in touch.

A small boat adventure

Actually, these photographs come from a small trip down Faversham Creek in just about the smallest imaginable boat that could be used by an adult with a pocket camera – a Mouseboat.

I think it also shows clearly why the Creek must be defended, and how much is has been affected by housing development. Surely, it’s time for the town to take a new, maritime activity-friendly approach. I so hope it does…