A WAY OF LIFE OCEAN RACING

A look back at the “Whitbread Around The World Race 1973-74”. I knew so many of the sailors and had been invited to sail the race myself; however life does not always follow our plans.
Life at sea is a way of life. The greatest change apart from the boats in the now “Volvo race” is perhaps the food. I used to say I ate better on a boat than I did at home. That is no longer the case.

Pre-feeder

In 1977 we discussed what would happen if when hoisting the jib it jammed in the pre-feeder. I worked evenings after racing hand making one pre-feeder capable of being opened in the event there was jam. As with so many things once the season was over, I put it away. Preparing for the America’s Cup Jubilee in 2001 the question came up again. I still had my hand made proto-type. Jim Gubelmann, a good friend took an interest in it as a marketable product.