Robert Manry remembered

Robert Manry Tinkerbelle Atlantic crossing log

I’ve just learned about the Robert Manry Project, which exists to remember the life of sailor and journalist Robert Manry, who in 1965 sailed solo across the Atlantic in the 13ft 6in clinker-built dinghy-with-a-lid Tinkerbelle, in 78 days.

Manry went on to write a popular book, Tinkerbelle, about his demanding and sometimes terrifying trip. He was lucky to survive.

Through its website, the Project aims to collect reminiscences, and to produce a film – there’s a trailer on the website.

Perhaps the best bit, though, is Manry’s log of the voyage – a fascinating document, particularly if like me you have previously read his book.

 

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