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He Did Mean to go to Sea


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Posted by Peter Hyland on June 29, 2018 at 06:39:03 user Peter_H.

A leader in The Times today (29 June) reports that a boy of 12 has sailed from the Isle of Wight to Cherbourg single-handed (a voyage of 60 miles) in 14 hours 21 minutes. The boat was an Optimist, i.e. very small (8 foot). Was he inspired by John Walker in ‘We Didn’t Mean…’ ? Maybe not, as this young sailor is French. And his father was following in a larger boat. But he was severely seasick several times, so he had the ‘Susan’ experience as well. It’s got to be a first-rate Ransomeian achievement.


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