ROGER SHAW, commodore of the Henley Offshore Group, regaled members of the Rotary Club of Henley Bridge and their partners
ROGER SHAW, commodore of the Henley Offshore Group, regaled members of the Rotary Club of Henley Bridge and their partners and guests with tales from his three-year yacht trip from Plymouth to Corfu at their meeting last week at Badgemore Park Golf Club.
Mr Shaw’s talk was entitled Lessons Learned Or Disasters I Just Avoided and was illustrated with photographs of many of the beautiful European ports he and his crew visited.
Before the voyage, they completed a survival course at Warsash Maritime Academy where they learned how to deal with an upturned boat.
The first year of the journey took them down the French, Spanish and Portuguese coastlines to Gibraltar, avoiding the Bay of Biscay. The second year was spent sailing up and down the Spanish Mediterranean coast. The crew once found themselves heading in the wrong direction in a gale force wind.
In year three they made their way from the Balearic Islands to Corfu via Malta and Sicily. On the way they saw Etna erupt and caught sight of a whale.
Among the near-disasters, Mr Shaw recalled finding that in an emergency the grab-bag had been used as a laundry bag and left behind at the launderette. On another occasion, the yacht nearly crashed into a harbour wall at night until Mr Shaw’s wife and daughter threw the life raft into the gap between the boat and the wall.