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FOUR SEASONS: AN OLYMPIC SAILING HERO GOES BACK TO HIS ROOTS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 18 May 2013 AS REGATTAS go, the Scottish Series has it all: a stunning backdrop for the racing courtesy of the dark, densely forested hillsides that surround Loch Fyne; a stretch of water blessed with consistent winds and minimal tides; and a legendary party atmosphere courtesy of the picturesque little port […]

BOOK REVIEW: DANGEROUS WORK

Published: 20 October 2012 Dangerous Work: Diary Of An Arctic Adventure by Arthur Conan Doyle British Library, 368pp, £25 THERE is no shortage of written accounts of the Arctic whaling industry, which flourished in the 19th century, enriching port towns and cities on both sides of the Atlantic. In the whaling museum in New Bedford, […]

FOUR SEASONS: INTRODUCING THE PADDLEFACE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 2 July FEW films have the power to make you want to sell everything you own, buy a boat and sail off into the wide blue yonder. Crystal Voyager, David Elfick’s trippy 1973 profile of Californian surf innovator George Greenough, does. One scene in particular has probably inspired hundreds of ill-advised […]

ARTS DIARY: “THAT BITCH, THE ATLANTIC OCEAN”

Published: The Scotsman, 16 June 2011 STUCK way out in the Atlantic, the uninhabited island of St Kilda is difficult to get to at the best of times, but in stormy conditions it can be downright dangerous. Nevertheless, a hardy group of artists made the attempt last week, despite howling winds and towering three-metre seas, […]

FOUR SEASONS: SUPER FIT WEDDING CRASHERS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 11 June 2011 TO JURA the other week, for a wedding at the lovely old kirk at Craighouse, just a stone’s throw from the sea. Local tradition dictates that, after hymns have been sung and vows exchanged, wedding parties should process a few hundred metres along the water’s edge to the […]

FOUR SEASONS: GREENING SAILING

Published: The Scotsman (TSMAG) 9 October 2010 I’VE never given much thought to the environmental impact of sailing but I suppose I’ve always assumed it must be relatively green – after all, what could be kinder to the planet than getting yourself from A to B using an entirely renewable resource? As it turns out, […]

FOUR SEASONS: A TRUE WATERWOMAN

Published: The Scotsman (TSMAG) 31 July 2010 LASER Radials are super-fast, super-light, single-handed sailing dinghies, and few people in the world race them as well as Helensburgh native Charlotte Dobson. Riding high in the International Sailing Federation rankings, and with the 2012 Olympic Games looming on the horizon, she is already being touted as a […]

FOUR SEASONS: LIFE LESSONS FROM AN INSPIRING TEACHER

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 22 May 2010 OF ALL the parties taking place in Scotland next weekend, the biggest and best will be held in… you’ll never guess, so I might as well tell you… Tarbert in Argyll, when the crews of more than 200 sailing boats will converge on the otherwise tranquil coastal town […]

BOOK REVIEW: WE, THE DROWNED

Published: The Scotsman, 25 April 2010 We, The Drowned By Carsten Jensen, Translated by Charlotte Barslund and Emma Ryder Harvill Secker, 693pp, £17.99 THE Odyssey, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Moby-Dick, The Old Man and the Sea, Rites of Passage … and now We, The Drowned. The canon of great seafaring literature just got […]

FOUR SEASONS: IN DEFENCE OF DAME ELLEN

Piblished: The Scotsman, 7 November The online message boards of national newspapers are truly terrifying places – public forums where, under the cover of anonymity, readers can be as nasty as they like about whoever they like as long as they don’t get on the wrong side of the censors by posting anything “unsuitable”. No […]