Practical Boat Owner February 2019

Published by TI Media Limited Practical Boat Owner is Britain's biggest-selling boating magazine, trusted and respected by all its readers. A source of useful and helpful information for both power and sail boat owners, PBO helps you get the most from your boat acting as a forum for interacting with like-minded individuals.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
waiting for the tide

with the editor To receive the editor’s monthly email newsletter, go to our website: Sustenance at sea Nourishment at sea is a serious topic for those embarking on feats of endurance and self-reliance – just as it is for those who insist that a yacht’s galley is no hindrance to Michelin-starred cuisine. We have examples of both in this month’s issue. Former soldier John Willis writes about his solo trans-Biscay adventure and shares the mouthwatering almond and fruitcake recipe that saw him through the most physically and mentally challenging moments of the crossing. There’s also some interesting advice applicable to anyone embarking on an overnight passage about preparing a ration box – it’s a military mindset that appears to work well in the circumstances. Meanwhile, ocean sailor, racer and fishing enthusiast Huw Williams describes…

9 min

Susie Goodall rescued after Southern Ocean dismasting Golden Globe Race skipper Susie Goodall has been rescued from the Southern Ocean after her Rustler 36, DHL Starlight pitchpoled and dismasted in 60-knot winds and 7m seas. The 29-year-old solo sailor was evacuated via crane winch onto the deck of the cargo ship Tian Fu having waited more than 50 hours for help. At the time of going to press, the 38,000-tonne Hong Kong-registered vessel was heading to Chile, where Goodall was scheduled to disembark. Golden Globe organisers were first alerted to Goodall’s situation, when her EPIRB was activated around 2,000 miles west of Cape Horn and picked up by the HM Coastguard’s National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) in Fareham on 5 December 2018. Earlier, she had sent one of her routine text messages to race HQ:…

1 min
diary dates

▪ GJW Direct 45th Bloody Mary, 12 January, at Queen Mary Sailing Club, part of the Selden SailJuice Winter Series, ▪ John Merricks Tiger Trophy, 2-3 February, at Rutland Sailing Club, part of the Selden SailJuice Winter Series, Selden. ▪ Open Day on Rochdale Canal, 9-10 February at Dukes Lock, Manchester, ▪ Oxford Blue, 16 February, at Oxford Sailing Club, part of the Selden SailJuice Winter Series, ▪ RYA Dinghy Show 2019, 2-3 March, at Alexandra Palace in London, ▪ Introduction to cruiser racing seminar, 6 April, at Chichester Cruiser Racing Club, seminar-interest/ ▪ Carrickfergus Boat Jumble, 7 April, at Carrickfergus Sailing Club, County Antrim. For info call 07747 002 411 ▪ Norfolk Boat Jumble, 14, April, at The Royal Norfolk Show Ground, Norwich, entry ?3.00. For more information call 01485…

5 min
regional news

SOUTH COAST AND CHANNEL ISLANDS RECORD PAY OUT Wessex Water has given Swanage RNLI £25,000 in compensation after its crew had to motor through raw sewage off Peverill Point, Dorset. The money is part of a record £1 million pay out by the water company for discharging more than 142,000 cubic metres of sewage into the sea at Swanage in 2016-17. It includes £400,000 towards a flood defence scheme in Swanage, £400,000 to Dorset Waste Partnership to fund the development of a doorstep recycling service for domestic fat, oil and grease, £100,000 towards the Dorset Litter Free Coast and Sea Project and £75,000 to the Durlston Country Park and Nature Reserve. SOLENT CHARITY SWIM Halcyon Yachts delivery skipper Jeffrey Leigh-Jones and his friend Tom Gray have swum from Gosport’s Gillkicker Point to Ryde on the Isle…

8 min

eSail Sailing Simulator – from zero to hero The review about the eSail sailing simulator by Rupert Holmes seemed interesting so I bought it. It was sold by a company called Steam in the USA. Initially I was not able to open or run the eSail sailing simulator on my computer. The assistance offered was useless and my first impression was to advise people not to go near it. I ran my own electronics company for 30 years and our policy was KISS – keep it simple stupid. We understood our users. Thankfully my son is an IT specialist. It turned out that my computer’s graphics card did not have enough memory, so was unsuitable for the software. I ordered a replacement (£150 from Amazon) which easily installed into my Dell Optiplex 790…

4 min
plan to fail, fail to sail

Hard to believe I know, but sometimes I’m convinced I know too much. In fact I can prove it. All season my mate Mark had set his sights on a trip to Orford in Suffolk in his Jaguar: a pleasant enough jaunt I thought, until I realised he drove a Vauxhall, which is certainly not a Jaguar. Among the many fatal flaws in his passage plan was that the Jaguar he shares with his chum “quiet” Dave is not a car at all, but a Jaguar 24 bilge keeler; in other words a boat; in other words a vehicle entirely unsuited to entering the River Ore. Here, for the benefit of south-coast sailors, I should explain that the east coast is generally on the east coast, but it’s not as simple as…