Hands Open

By Leslie Powles Published by Kenneth Mason Publications 1987 In 1975 with eight hours sailing experience beneath his harness, Les Powles set off from Lymington in the south of England bound for Barbados in the West Indies.  His boat, Solitaire, was a Bruce Roberts 34 which he’d built himself for £1,300 and his navigation equipment […]

The Terror

Directed by Ridley Scott – Available on BBC iPlayer In my book, Amazing Sailing Stories (Published by Wiley Nautical, 2011) ships were found abandoned atop an ice-berg by sailor Robert Simpson. The discovery was made whilst he was on passage from Limerick to Quebec on his brig Renovation in 1852. It is likely he was […]

All Is Lost

Directed by J. C. Chandor Robert Redford is a single-handed yachtsman who wakes up to come on watch only to find water flooding into his boat. He is in the middle of the Indian Ocean and has hit a rogue container which has smashed its way into his hull, in every sailor’s nightmare (see this […]

Forward-looking sonars

Case History By Dick Beaumont Fifteen years ago, on passage from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia to Phuket Thailand, in Moonshadow, my Tayana 58, I motored, at dusk, into an anchorage called Port Klang, in northern Malaysia, it was very aptly named as we later found out. The anchorage there was clearly marked on my Navionics chart, […]