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Practical Boat Owner February 2019

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd 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.

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waiting for the tide

Like a scene from the fantasy TV series Game of Thrones, the Creach lighthouse on Ouessant Island was the unwelcoming coastline that threatened David Smith – page 42 (Mauritius images GmbH/Alamy)with the editorTo receive the editor’s monthly email newsletter, go to our website: www.pbo.co.ukSustenance at seaNourishment 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…

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Susie Goodall was in fourth place when her yacht dismasted (Andrey Zashibis Tkachenko/MV Tian Fu/GGR/PPL)Susie was evacuated via crane winch to the Tian Fu cargo ship (Maverick Sport/GGR/PPL)Susie Goodall rescued after Southern Ocean dismastingGolden 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…

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diary dates

▪ GJW Direct 45th Bloody Mary, 12 January, at Queen Mary Sailing Club, part of the Selden SailJuice Winter Series, Selden.SailRacer.org▪ John Merricks Tiger Trophy, 2-3 February, at Rutland Sailing Club, part of the Selden SailJuice Winter Series, Selden. SailRacer.org▪ Open Day on Rochdale Canal, 9-10 February at Dukes Lock, Manchester, canalrivertrust.org.uk▪ Oxford Blue, 16 February, at Oxford Sailing Club, part of the Selden SailJuice Winter Series, Selden.SailRacer.org▪ RYA Dinghy Show 2019, 2-3 March, at Alexandra Palace in London, rya.org.uk▪ Introduction to cruiser racing seminar, 6 April, at Chichester Cruiser Racing Club, www.ccrc.co.uk/ 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…

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regional news

SOUTH COAST AND CHANNEL ISLANDSSwanage suffered a number of pollution incidents in 2016-17 (David Goddard/Getty Images)RECORD PAY OUTWessex 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.(Jeffrey Leigh-Jones)SOLENT CHARITY SWIMHalcyon Yachts delivery skipper Jeffrey Leigh-Jones and his friend Tom…

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Rory Brown seeks help to get his new boat afloatRupert’s rave review in PBOeSail Sailing Simulator – from zero to heroThe 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…

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plan to fail, fail to sail

“According to the pilot book, the best way to Orford is via the A12 and B1084…”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…