Where the dragons met

White Dragon sails to meet the Komodo Dragons By Dick Beaumont This trip enabled me to experience once again my perfect day on the sea: fishing while sailing to a dive site! A hundred books or more have been written about the almost mythical Island of Bali, and it continues to entrance its visitors still. […]

Schooled At Sea

Educating their three children afloat led a cruising couple to start a desktop sailing business which now funds their voyaging, as Dick Durham reports. When the sweet-lined sloop, Totem, sailed slowly out of Puget Sound, in America’s Washington State, Niall Gifford, eldest of the boat’s child crew, couldn’t swim. Just eight months later, before he […]

The Delivery Nobody Wanted

A swift delivery trip of a brand new yacht where ‘money was no object’ was declined by many skippers. When Max Liberson took the job, he found out why, he tells Dick Durham. After a gruelling Atlantic circuit in his 38ft, engineless, ferro-cement, schooner, Gloria, Max Liberson was looking forward to a hassle-free coastal delivery […]

DIVING THE SCILLIES

By Dick Beaumont The first time I visited the Scilly Isles was as a seven-year-old boy in 1960 for a family holiday. My dad had booked a flight out from Lands End Airport to St Mary’s to stay at a guest house there. “The Scillies had begun to weave its magical spell on me, but […]