Ocean Cruising Club

Steve Pickard collected his well-deserved award for his voyage from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean aboard his ageing Westerly Conway, Samharcin. Steve described the ease with which he bought the boat via the internet completely unseen, and then the reality of arriving on board to discover the nightmare of a task to make her seaworthy. He achieved this and more, as related in Recession-proof Ocean Cruising in Flying Fish 2009/2. Members were reminded of Steve’s words in that account: ‘all you need to sail the oceans is a boat where the mast stays up and the keel and rudder stay attached. The sails should not blow out and there should be windvane self-steering. All else is luxury’.