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Emergency Navigation Lights

In the past we have supplied some pretty appalling dross which describes itself as "Emergency Navigation Lights". They remind me of CATNAPs which in certain engineering worlds apparently stands for " C heapest A vailable T echnology to N arrowly A void P rosecution". Pretty much useless items. So when a friend asked me if we could supply some for her yacht I was a bit concerned. She needed to make a daytime passage but if the wind wasn't favourable and she lost the flood then it could end up...

Vendee Globe – Rounding the Horn

I found this wonderful picture on Google Images - it is credited to Cleo Barnham I do hope she doesn't mind. It was very embarrassing the other day when a French Journalist asked to interview me about the Vendee Globe. I knew the race had started but I had completely forgotten about it so I declined to be interviewed. It is a shame that the UK newspapers give no coverage to this challenging event especially as Alex Thomson is doing so well. I'm gripped by it now! The lead boat Banque Populaire...
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Feeling Nippy? Going Skiing?

With the cold weather persisting don't get chilly. Arthur Beale are the largest London stockists of Devold Norwegian Woollens. If you haven't tried wearing merino thermal base layers then you are in for a treat. We stock the top quality Devold Expedition Merino Long Johns and Tops in various styles and colours. Take a look at the Merino Thermal Zip Top shown above - it is designed for extreme conditions and proven on several Polar Expeditions. The base layer is 100% merino wool and the outer...

Mischief Among the Penguins

There will be some real Mischief Among the Penguins this weekend as I battle to control a large waddle of them in our new Christmas window display. However this will be a mere mini-adventure compared to the antics of our friend H.W. Bill Tilman! H. W. ‘Bill’ Tilman was one of the greatest adventurers of his time, a pioneering climber and sailor who held exploration above all else. He made first ascents throughout the Himalaya, attempted Mount Everest, and sailed into the Arctic Circle. For...

Another successful evening!

On Thursday evening we had a virtually full house to hear Philip Temple talking about the adventurous expedition that he took part in to land on the remote Antarctic Heard Island and then climb its 9,000ft volcano which happens to be the highest peak in Australian Terriory. The yacht was skippered by none other than H. W. Tilman. The story is also told in full in the newly released book "The Sea and the Snow" which would make a great read for anyone interested in expedition sailing. The...

The Sea and The Snow - How we reached and climbed a volcano at the ends of the earth

6th October at 18:45 Our next event should be a corker, especially if you have an interest in real adventure and high latitude sailing. Fifty years ago ten young, or youthful, men set out to climb one of the world's most inaccessible peaks—an unclimbed 9,000-foot volcanic island, thousands of miles to the south-west of Australia. To make sure they got there against the prevailing winds—and back—they had as their Skipper none other than the renowned high-latitude sailor H. W. 'Bill' Tilman. One...

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