‘Below 50 degrees south there is no law, below 40 degrees south there is no God’

John Welsford SCAMP

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…

Plymouth Classics 2011 film clips

Arwen’s Meanderings weblogger Steve Parke kindly wrote to say that that he has put up three Youtube clips of the Plymouth Classics 2011 last weekend.  It looks like a great event, so congratulations to the team that made it happen despite various difficulties earlier in the game.

Steve shot the film clips from his home-built John Welsford-designed cruising dinghy named Arwen. Thanks Steve!


Book celebrates John Welsford’s Navigator

An enthusiast’s self-published book about designer John Welsford’s popular Navigator design is out now.

Robert Ditterich is a violin maker among other things, and clearly both a craftsman and a networker, for in addition to John Welsford himself he’s persuaded some well known names in the Navigator world to donate their experiences. Just some of his contributors are Steve Parke, Owen Sinclair, Richard Schmidt, Chuck Leinweber, Kevin Brennan, Martin Welby, Dave Perillo, Dave Johnstone and Barrett Faneuf.

In Something about a Navigator Robert outlines the development of the design and the aspects of the boat that have made it popular, and a bit of an analysis of the aspects of the boat that have made it such a success, some stories by Navigator owners, sailors and builders. There’s also a chapter about building a hull and another detailing fittings and a list of useful resources.

I haven’t seen the book itself, but if the Navigator is on your boat-dreaming list, I’d say Robert’s book is likely to be both informative and inspirational. Here’s what he says about it:

‘It is my sincere hope that this little book will give some pleasure, not only to Navigator enthusiasts, but to dreamers, builders and sailors who just want something simple, real, and creative in their lives and who find that thinking about little boats is helpful and maybe even inspirational in all that.’

Something about a Navigator is available in two editions, a low cost black and white version priced at $20 and a colour version at $42. Both are available from Robert’s weblog The Middle Thing.

Btw, if anyone has already got a copy, I’d be most grateful for a brief review!