Summer Cruise – Frank Dye’s famous film of cruising from Scotland to Norway via the Faroes in a dinghy

This is the classic film of Frank Dye’s small open-boat cruise with his friend Russell Brockbank from Scotland to Norway via the Faroes in his 15ft 10in Wayfarer dinghy, Wanderer. 

Don’t try this at home folks…

The boat is now in the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.

Frank passed away in 2010 – read more about him here, here and here.

Could your boat be sponsored in the Sail Caledonia Raid?


The organisers of Sail Caledonia the annual sail & oar raid through the Great Glen of Scotland are inviting applications for a sponsored boat entry for next year’s race.

The race runs from the 24th to the 31st May 2014.

The successful applicants could be from a school or college, part of a community-based scheme or looking to raise money for a charitable cause.

Applicants must provide their own boat, safety gear and camping equipment, but the only other cost will be for meals. Sail Caledonia will waive the sponsored boat’s entry fees, and will pay for launching, camping and canal licence fees.

Applications should be sent to by no later than 31st January 2014. The race committee will decide the winning application shortly afterwards.

The application should include:

  • type of boat
  • likely number and age of crew
  • experience of skipper
  • why the crew feel that they should get the sponsored place

For more details on the raid, including what to expect and pictures from past events, see the Sail Caledonia website. But be warned – the scenery is magnificent, and you’ll want to go there…

The Scottish Fisheries Museum has a new website

The Scottish Fisheries Museum has a lovely new website including a delicious collection of online photos – the late 19th century shots of the harbour full of fishing boats are particularly impressive.

I really must make the time to go up for a visit one day…

My thanks to the Boat Building Academy for leading me to this one!