Camping on the Wye
Four Victorian Gents Row the Wye in a Randan Skiff in 1892
This facsimile reproduction of SK Baker’s illustrated diary records, in watercolour sketches and captions, a rowing holiday he spent with three fellow students in a randan (a boat oared by three people). Among the highlights of the adventure are visits to places of interest, such as Tintern Abbey, evenings with fellow travellers, encounters with local people and animals, the joys and trials of camping, and the vagaries of the British weather.
The World Water Speed Record
The Fast and the Forgotten
The pursuit of the speed record on water has proved more difficult than the land equivalent, with several fatalities resulting from attempts and the current mark of 318 mph lasting for 40 years. Including the exploits of Donald and Malcolm Campbell, this history reviews the progress of the record and the vessels that pushed the boundaries, from the muscular speedboats of the 1920s to jet-powered craft such as Bluebird K7 and the 1978 record-breaker, Spirit of Australia.
Off the Deep End
A History of Madness at Sea
As well as isolation, cramped conditions and alcoholism, there are many reasons why madness is ‘seven times more likely’ at sea. In this survey of maritime distemper, Nic Compton documents numerous cases of mental illness on board ships, yachts and lifeboats, many of which led to suicide and occasionally cannibalism. Particularly poignant is the story of Donald Crowhurst, the singlehanded sailor who, becoming delusional, faked his position in a 1968 round-the-world race, only to jump overboard to his death.
The Cape Horners' Club
Tales of Triumph and Disaster at the World's Most Feared Cape
Cape Horn is the only choke point in the Southern Ocean, where winds, waves and currents, unfettered for thousands of miles, are forced through a narrow channel between the Antarctic and the southernmost tip of the Americas. Adrian Flanagan charts the history of the Cape through the exploits of the select band of yachting legends who have taken on its fearsome challenge, including Francis Chichester, Robin Knox-Johnson, Bernard Moitessier, Chay Blythe and Jessica Watson.
World of Peyton
Drawing his first cartoon in a German PoW camp, Mike Peyton started selling his pictures after the war, contributing to a range of magazines, including New Scientist and Yachting Monthly, and earning his reputation as the world's leading yachting cartoonist. From boating mishaps to the yacht club bar, this retrospective includes the best of his work from his 70-year career poking fun at the sailing fraternity.
Exploring the Capital's Rivers and Canals
In more than 220 photographs, Derek Pratt offers a rare view of London from the water, whether the Thames, its tributaries or the capital’s extensive canal system, and his introductions and captions delve into the history of the waterfronts, from the grand vistas of Hampton Court to the Royal Gunpowder Mills on the River Lee Navigation.