High speed pass: fatal disaster

On the evening of 25 May 2019, at sea in the vicinity of Cannes, the Yacht Vision was under the command of an unqualified master who was a regular, if moderate, of cannabis. Influenced by charter party requests, he attempted a very high speed pass of the anchored yacht Minx. The attempt failed, and Vision … Read more

Want to stay alive? Wear a PFD / Lifejacket.

Three people sailing in keelboat

Wear a lifejacket (PFD). It’s a marine safety mantra. Yet people still opt out. A study of six years of RNLI incident data shows that in all inshore, coastal and near water activity wearing a lifejacket is indisputably the dominant factor in survival when things go wrong.

Holy angels on the loose

The Christmas story is full of Angels. Not nice metaphorical angels, but fearful bearers of the news of heaven, breaking into the both ordered and hardscrabble human life. As we live through the Third Lockdown of Coronatide, God’s holy angels who announced the birth of the Christ in Bethlehem, are still on the loose. These … Read more

Abandoned ordnance still hazards fishermen

Shortly before Christmas 2020 the 12m fishing boat Galwad-Y-Mor was hauling her gear when an underwater explosion occurred. The ships company of 7 were all injured, some in life changing ways. The boat was heavily damaged and but for the good practice of the crew would have sunk. The presumption at this stage is that … Read more

Christmas in Care Homes

In cooperation with Living With Harmony the leading Music Therapy consultancy and producer, a series of three short videos for use as reminiscence therapy in care homes or other settings. Key readings from the Christmas Story set with evocative video. The account of the Angel Gabriel appearing to Mary, mother of Jesus. A reading from … Read more

The sea knows

For the many thousands of people who were dragged into servitude through the Atlantic surf from Elmina this fort was their last link to African continent. The stones of the rough slave quarters and the passage through the gate of no return leak sadness. Consigned in sweetly evil trade. Enslaved, diseased, murdered. The deep bears … Read more