HMS Pickle, a Leading Seaman wrote to me today.

He has in Royal Navy speak been tasked to conduct a presentation on HMS Pickle as part of a command leadership programme to be given to senior officers.  72_dpi_dispatches_with_texts__1_.png

My connection with HMS Pickle goes back a long way and includes a lengthy commission for HMS Victory which resulted in some great pictures (several available as heritage prints from page

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Oncoming storm

Vente d’autume – Apart from worrying about world issues we have a rising gale here today. Scudding clouds and a threatening copper colour on the horizon.  Vente_d__Autume_IMG_2137_d.JPG

In sailors language that means winds force 6 to 7 gusting 8 or 30 to 40 kph, or in landlubbers parlez large branches on trees swaying, leaves flying as is anything light weight if you have a garden, plastic chairs for examples.

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Wayfarer talk, painting and roller furling

A very charming reply to Studio News 15 arrived from Ralph  Roberts including a tentative enquiry for a painting of his Wayfarer.
Good paintings of small sail boats are rare and the famous Wayfarer is a noble subject so I replied “a watercolour would not cost much although I admit I’d love to paint a big oil of Wayfarers cruising or racing“.

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Thought for the day

On the eve of the most solemn day of the year of the ‘people of the book‘ to whom, may you be inscribed for a good year and wishing you well over the fast, a quote first published in Literary World in America, “Books, gentlemen, are a species of men, and introduced to them you … Read more

Swan Nautor Prize

An interesting enquiry arrived this week as a result of my visit to the Monaco Yacht Show and activities more than 10 years previously with Yachting World and the prestigious Nautor Swan European Regattas.

You may know the Swan class are some times described as the Mercedes Benz of production yachts and at Monaco they unveiled their biggest yacht to date, a glorious 90 foot sloop.

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