Off she goes, Iain Oughtred's slightly foreshortened Penny Fee, at 15ft. Sails by Jeckells, spars by the wonderful Jeremy Freeland at Collars. The rest by Messrs Burke and Morgan (that's Jonny by the way...)

Friday, 11 February 2011

Coville Update

I don't intend to post updates on  Thomas Coville's round the world progress, which you can track on

But I do like the way the French sailors describe their world in a completely different way to us Anglo Saxons. Compare Moitessier's book about the Golden Globe with Robin Knox-Johnston's. Both great books, but oh, the difference in language.

From Coville's recent report comes a phrase that is pure Moitessier.

"Every cloud is a seller of dreams."

The dream being to harness the wind that clouds so often signal. And, 800 or so miles behind record-holder Joyon, he needs to up the pace with 19,400 nm to go.

On a more prosaic note, what is Coville himself trying to sell? The answer lies below... Would you risk life and limb to flog a few more pots of, if my French serves me, little vegetables and beef crumble? Vraiment, les francais sont fous, non?

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