July 19th, 2018

8 hours driving from Théhillac, Brittany to Castelnau de Montmiral in the Tarn Province in the heart of the l’Occitaine region, the last hour at times literally driving into a rainbow, multi coloured light all around and in my car, I’ve never experienced that before…  on the tail of a storm .

I arrived safely at Castelnau de Montmiral, entering the village by way of the old Roman road 

Some say C de M is another world,a  paradise on Earth. 

I arrived in time to watch a glorious sunset. 

Roaring Forties

July 17th, 2018

Fun, history and a special offer.

Robin Knox-Johnston

Roaring Forties

A GREAT ‘after dinner’ topic !

FREE with the next 5 “Roaring Forties” orders ~ a ‘Golden Globe Race 2018’, 50 th anniversary, poster.

GGR2018 Poster

~ Note well, I only have 5 GoGoR posters.

Contact US ~

You can E me: artistfrickers@nullgmail.com, T:+ 44 (0)1865 52 2435 M: + 33 (0)6 10 66 19 26

or Skype ‘gordonfrickers’ or whatsapp, or phone

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Sweet Swiss

July 15th, 2018

A nice piece in a Swiss Sunday paper using my painting. They did exactly what we agreed they would do including pay me a modest copyright licence fee. 

NZZ am Sonntag

Thank you staff of Neue Zürcher Zeitung AG, (NZZ am Sonntag).
Falls Sie einen Print-Beleg wünschen, melden Sie sich bitte bei:
rueckschub.sonntag@nullnzz.ch , bild.sonntag@nullnzz.ch 

GGR2018 Poster

I regret my German is so poor, I understand only a few words and phrases, still I’m pleased for the ggr2018.

A Pickle, again

July 15th, 2018
I am pleased to announce this painting is chosen as an illustration for a new video promoting “The Trafalgar Way”. this painting “HMS Pickle, first with News
HMS Pickle

Nelsons Pickle

I’ll let you know when the video goes onto Utube.
Find it in the awesome Nelson and Trafalgar Collection at http://www.frickers.co.uk/art/marine-art/war-ships/the-trafalgar-collection/

One of my ‘Nelson and Trafalgar Collection’, you can  see several of my friends included as crew; the portraits include ‘The’ veteran seaman, Robin Knox-Johnston, another figure is a self portrait.

Nelson s Pickle (detail 2)

Would YOU like to be will be in the next ‘crew’ I paint?

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GoGoR2018 heads up

July 12th, 2018
Rather like the ‘good old days’?
The GoGoR 2018 yachts have to navigate to, pass through several ‘gates’ at which they may hand in 35 mm or Super 8 cine film, video is not allowed nor are electronic nav aids are allowed, no phone calls, no so much as a Tweet

Gordon Frickers & Robin Knox-Johnston

The race has been to some extent inspired by the 19 th century tea clippers, by Sir Francis Chichester sailing Gypsy Moth IV, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston sailing Suhali and a lot of people have seen my now famous painting of Suhali, “Roaring Forties” (still a few available as a signed print on canvas)

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July 10th, 2018
Royal Air Force, a major fly past over Buckingham Palace today. I wish all RAF personnel a Happy Birthday, 100 years old, for sure the RAF know how to have a wild party after !
Perhaps by Intuition I recently bought and have been re reading “RAF Biggin Hill“.
RAF Biggin Hill.

RAF Biggin Hill ~ book

Hands up who knows of Biggin Hill today?
The book is fascinating, funny, outrageous, insightful and profound.

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ggr2018 update

July 10th, 2018

Golden Globe Race update ~ one Brit (Turkish family origin) pulled out, he was lonely.

Suzi Goodall going well, currently 5 th overall

DHL Starlight

Suzi Goodall, DHL Starlight

Boat for sale

July 8th, 2018

Would you like to own a a much admired wooden boat?

No reasonable offer refused. 

W 6778 excellent condition for age, a much admired boat can send numerous photos of details. V well equipped for racing, also slab reef points & RWO roller furling for cruising. 

I built her 1979 & sailed her to 2 nd at the 1981 Nationals.

Place of birth, 18/22 Rope Walk, Rye, East Sussex  

Proof of parenthood

Given a major refit 2012/3 in the SW France so thoroughly dried out, dry stored ever since when not in use, good for another 39 + yrs. Presently n S Brittany, dry stored. 

Refitting at Broze near Gaillac 2012 / 2013  

Proper job, Wayfarer in Vineland 2013

For a serious offer I’d be willing to bring her to Plymouth or Portsmouth. Near new Combi trailer.

+ 44 (0)1865 52 2435 & + 33 (0)6 1066 1926


GGR Penultimate Day

July 4th, 2018
GoGoR 2018, ~ a few of my photos from around The GGR2018 people.

The pre start was fun, good to see old friends, make new ones and have some time with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston who was THE star of the event. 

Gordon Frickers & Robin Knox-Johnston  

Press for RK-J

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Where land meets sea

July 1st, 2018

Life begins where the land meets the sea.

DHL Starlight, commander, Suzi Goodall (GB)

Today at the of the start of the most trying of all round the world races. 

Putting to sea from Les Sables d’Olonne, Vendee coast

Of today’s fleet, 30 boats never even made the start like. 6 are already entered for the next race in 4 years time.

Belle Poule

Belle Poule, committee boat

This is such a big subject and it will run for about 9 months as the yachts race each other round the world with all that entails. 

A small section of the spectator fleet

I hope you will agree a better way to over view and share the excitement of this very special event will be a series of brief ish posts about specific aspects of the start and the race.

One of the places I’d have chosen for photography, or a bit a higher.

This part of the French West coast, from Rochfort where the magnificent replica 18 century frigate ‘Hermione‘ was recently built, (you may recall i painted her last year?) through La Rochelle to Sables d’Olonne has to be one of the most picturesque, sunniest and best sailing waters of the entire French west coast; if you doubt me, take a look at a good map!

30,000 sea miles without electronics, sailing as men did in 1968, by seamanship. 

Istvan Koper, USA, cool, calm, collected

The Golden Globe Race 50 th anniversary, 1968/2018.
Yes it’s 50 years since S
ir Robin Knox-Johnston was the only sailor of 9 starters to complete the first every single handed circumnavigation as celebrated by my ‘iconic’ painting “Roaring Forties“.


Roaring Forties

By the way I still have a few of the fine art prints on canvas left, signed by Robin and me, a numbered edition. 

The real thing, unlike posters and cheap prints these have inks guaranteed light fast under normal conditions for 75 years.