Archive for June, 2018

GoGoR 2018

Saturday, June 30th, 2018
 A few images taken today, at the GoGoR 2018, race starts tomorrow at 12.00 CET.
A unique race, boats preparing to sail 30,000 + miles as Robin Knox-Johnston did back in 1968, no electronics.
These people are an elite, not actors of musicians pretending to be what they are not; THIS is the real thing.
Over 30 boats wanted the be here but failed to make the start.
Already 6 are preparing for the next GGR2022


Below, my Sailing Orders for tomorrow, in French & English :

‘Joshua’, one of the 1968 original fleet

 Joshua, this rugged yacht is now a listed historic treasure of France and based at La Rochelle.
Contact the musee de la Rochelle if you’d like to sail on her.

Onboard ‘Gipsy Moth IV’ with model makers from the Musee Maritine de la Rochelle
This is the yacht Sir Francis Chichester famously raced ‘Along the Clipper Way’


From the bow, onboard ‘Gipsy Moth IV’ the yacht Sir Francis Chichester famously raced ‘Along the Clipper Way’ 


One of the world’s most celebrated yachts



Saturday, June 30th, 2018

A few images from 29.06.18 GoGoR, Les Sables d’Olonne.

With ‘Bones’, one of the back up team For Mark Sinclair


Skipper Abhilash Tomy from India discovering the massed media  

In demand, “Roaring Forties”  

Abhilash Tomy built a ‘Suhali’ replica

Abhilash and his beautiful wife Urmimala were thrilled to see a copy of “Roaring Forties“.

He said to me “you have no idea how many hours I have spent looking at your painting on the Internet”.

Urmimala said she is going to make a room in their house dedicated to pictures of this adventure in the wake of ‘Suhali‘ and the living legend, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.

Susie Goodall’s ‘DHL Starlight’

A stern view of the ‘Suhali’ replica

‘Suhali’, a detail

The yachts in this race are immaculate, very well prepared, in contrast to this detail from hard worked ‘Suhali’.

More appreciation of “Roaring Forties”

With Istvan Kopar, USA

Champagne Mumm on board as sponsors


GoGoR Start Live

Saturday, June 30th, 2018

How to watch the Golden Globe Race start live on Sunday 1st July

(all times UTC+2 (CEST) :

11:30 – 12:30: Live coverage of the Race start will broadcast by France 3 TV  ***This feed is available free to all broadcasters Click here for Satellite download details.

9:00 – 11:30: Random Facebook live commentary of dock scenes and departures on

11:30 – 12:30: Live feed from France 3 TV broadcast will also be broadcast with English and French commentaries on the GGR Facebook page

Philippe Péché – PRB free to air VNRs:

First impressions

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Arrived safely at Les Sables d’Olonne, home of the fabulous Golden Globe Race 2018.

First impression, this is a great venue, I’m really glad Falmouth and Plymouth failed to host this event !

I’ve chosen well for accommodation, an almost new chalet at Moulin de la Salle, Olonne, a mere 8 minutes drive from the port, complete with mini water park which of course had to be tested including the slides.

Moulin de la Salle

Actually I was very happy to test the pool facilities, the temperatures here this week are up and  around 35 C (95 F).

I discover, locally this is the GoGoR…

A quick look around the site then into a champagne and vodka reception given by the Russian entrants. I find all the Russians Romanians and Hungarians to be warm and open people who know their jobs.

After an accidental tour of the town I found parking on the quay, before I could decide on a restaurant I fell in with 3 thirsty Aussies. Thank worked well eventually ending with rum at the restaurant until 2 in the morning.

Someone had moved the camp site, in the dark it took me a while to find it.

Today has been a ‘Skipper’s day with briefings and much activity with supporters on the pontoons. 

All GoGoR Skippers

Tomorrow the world’s press will be descending in strength here, national tv coverage will commence for the next 4 days.

I’m glad I’ve checked I have organised a boat for Sunday.

Tomorrow eve the Aussies are giving a barbie, it will be the last time the Skippers can get together.


Up Anchor

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

I’m upping anchor for a very special day in the history of sailing. 01 July at mid day will be the start of the next Golden Globe Race, it’s 50 years since Robin Knox-Johnston sailed into history by completing the first ever solo non stop circumnavigation.


Roaring Forties

This morning I’m leaving for Sables d’Olonne to join in with the fun of the 50 th Anniversary Golden Globe Race, I’ll take a few prints signed by Robin Knox-Johnston of “Roaring Forties” with me, and generally enjoy the lovely port, town and beaches. 

The Trafalgar Way

Sunday, June 24th, 2018

Chosen I am pleased to announce, this painting is to be an illustration for a new video promoting “The Trafalgar Way”. 

This is also an illustration of one of the many uses of a fine painting and it’s enduring worth.

Nelsons Pickle

Nelson’s ubiquitous Pickle, first with the news

I’ll let you know when the video goes onto Utube.

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.

Would YOU like to be will be in the next ‘crew’ I paint, probably a ‘Mayflower’ subject or one of the “Famous Wine Villages of Bordeaux ??? 

HMS Pickle, first with the news, a detail


Calling B I

Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

In his own words (and with his permission) a client in Glasgow wrote to me 
“As a former BI man I very much look forward to receiving this print of your painting which commemorates this event, even though it was before my time”.

B I Sunday

B I Sunday, Kenya, Maiden Arrival, Mombassa

{B I Sunday, Mombassa, oils on canvas, measures a healthy 76 x 121 cms (30″ x 48″), commissioned. by J. Leeson & son. }

“I never met Robin Knox-Johnson but have of course read about his many adventures, the first of which was ‘ The Cruise of Suhaili’ as reported in our house magazine BI NEWS … I will of let you know when the print arrives safely”.

“Dear Mr Frickers, 

Just to let you know that the ‘BI SUNDAY’ print has arrived safely.

B I Sunday, detail

B I Sunday, (detail)

{A typical detail from “B I Sunday“. The crews went into Mombasa to celebrate the unique event. Returning they managed to derail a dockyard steam engine… naturally the next morning no one could remember being involved… (story on my web site…) so maybe it should have been called B I Sinday? }

I have to say I am absolutely delighted with this, it is quite superb.

Thank you also for the drawing of SOFALA.


B I Sunday, ‘Sofala’ remarque

{‘Sofala‘, typical of the remarque drawings reproduced on the margin of the print. This charming drawing is offered for sale, price £80. ‘Sofala‘ doesn’t appear in the painting but she was present on the Africa marine slipway.}

I learned of your painting only a week ago through an online newsletter entitled CALLING BI, the editor having been informed of this by John Leeson. I imagine that knowledge of your painting therefore already has wide distribution.

It will hang alongside pictures of two BI ships I sailed on, will undoubtedly be the centre of attraction and a major talking point.

I congratulate you on this fine piece of work, and thank you for your kind and prompt attention.

With all good wishes
yours sincerely

Jim Harvey”

Feedback like that helps make my ‘team’ of helpers feel our calling, recording ‘special moments’, worthwhile, thank you Jim.





Hole in one?

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Responding to a generous comment made by Sam Greer on the Facebook page of the naval author Philip Allan and  I’m honoured to say a new ‘Facebook Friend’, may I amuse you by sharing a wee yarn about my painting, “First Shots” of which the picture here is a detail of HMS Victory


‘First Shots’ detail

I built a scale model of ‘Victory‘ to help lay off the ship’s perspective in correct scale to the viewing distance. 
I guessed from Sam’s comment he knew most artist painters being ‘self taught’ misunderstand perspective, get it wrong particularly the beam and tumblehome. 
As for the ‘first’ hole in the topsail, you probably know it’s mentioned in quite a few accounts including by Frenchmen.


Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

I’ve been asked which artist made this slate? 

“Waterwitch off Gribben Head”

Put it on the slate” and a ‘who dunit’ question.

Even today this is a not uncommon phrase in an English pub.

Here, the phrase takes on for us an altogether different meaning; ‘Waterwitch off Gribben Head


Waterwitch slate

Who produced these slates? if you know, do please tell. (more…)

Last Chance

Monday, June 18th, 2018

I’ll share my response to my friend Sher’s question, did I sail last week end?

I didn’t sail.

I’m about to put by beloved boat up for sale ~ any reasonable offer for a good home will be accepted. 

She’s an ideal boat for 2 to 4 people, fun to cruise, ideal for picnics, competitive to race.

2018 ready to sail

The weather here was discouraging; grey, cool and a bit breezy for a single handed sail. 

1982 ready to sail

Instead I worked with painting the new St Emilion study, cut the lawns and started some interior decoration on the ‘upper deck’. (more…)