50 Years on

April 24th, 2019
Britain’s most distinguished sailor, 50 years on, a splendid role model for the youth of today.

Suhaili & Robin Knox-Johnston

Captain Sir Robin Knox-Johnston recrossing the finish line.

Robin Knox-Johnston

Same day same hour, same minute, 50 years after he won the first single handed non stop circumnavigation “Golden Globe” race.

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Which Sails?

April 19th, 2019
A question from a Master Mariner of Malta, about the sails set on ‘HM Sloop Racehorse’ via Linkedin;


I’m at a Portsmouth with naval author and former Keeper of HMS Victory, Peter Goodwin.
Peter has just confirmed what I thought.
A bit different from the experience of our captain at Malta who wrote “we always set courses last, and took them in first.”

Racehorse, detail

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St Malo +

April 18th, 2019

Saint Malo this morning, at its beautiful best.

Up at 05.30 [CET] to reach St Malo in good time with my unreliable car.

Bound for the lovely ‘Bretagne’ ferry and Portsmouth, England.

Wish you were here …


Under way

April 17th, 2019

Early, quite early, tomorrow morning [Thursday] I’m heading for St Malo and the ferry for England, more adventures …

This means I may be a bit slow to respond to messages.
Normal service will I hope be resumed as soon as possible.
Thank you for your comprehension.


April 17th, 2019
A mention of my “Roaring Forties” on the cover page, I feel honoured.

YM cover May 19

A double page spread inside.

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Fish bidding

April 17th, 2019
Packed today and ready to go to online charity auction for The Fishermen’s Mission. www.fishermensmission.org.uk

Double Fish

This is for distressed fishing families, wives and children so do please bid generously.
Where in your house or office would they look good?
My efforts appear on page 3, they are authenticated by being signed with gold paint and the year, under the base. https://fishmishauction.org.uk/auction/page/3/
Grab a bargain, bid before you forget !

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An interpretation

April 14th, 2019

The Titanic Twins, an interpretation of the most prominent painting on board Titanic when she sank, by the famous artist Norman Wilkinson are progressing well, still a long way to go.

T,PH 2 Progress 06.04.19

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Very British

April 9th, 2019

This photo very British, I took of The Mermaid Inn at beautiful Rye. 

Rye, The Mermaid Inn

Another #Brexit referendum? 
Actually that would be very British, very democratic. 

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Charming unsolicited

April 8th, 2019
A charming unsolicited message arrived today, it made my day.

Spirit of Mystery in the Southern Ocean

“It’s the most expensive picture [print No 9] I’ve ever bought. Everyone who visits admires it.
I’m so grateful you painted it, thank you so much” ~ Ben Richards, bought his print “Spirit of Mystery”, in November 2013.

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K1 Britannia

April 3rd, 2019
An unusual enquiry.
The K1 Britannia project is building a replica of this most famous yacht.
Having seen online my painting “Royal Yacht Britannia (1893)”

The ‘new’ RY Britannia (1893)

I have been asked about the hull colour.
In her day, the ultimate, a ‘Formula 1’, she won some 231 races for the British Royal Family during here 40 year career.

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