Sus­te­nance at sea

Practical Boat Owner - - Editorial - Rob Melotti

Nour­ish­ment at sea is a se­ri­ous topic for those em­bark­ing on feats of en­durance and self-re­liance – just as it is for those who in­sist that a yacht’s gal­ley is no hin­drance to Miche­lin-starred cui­sine. We have ex­am­ples of both in this month’s is­sue.

For­mer soldier John Wil­lis writes about his solo trans-Bis­cay ad­ven­ture and shares the mouth­wa­ter­ing al­mond and fruit­cake recipe that saw him through the most phys­i­cally and men­tally chal­leng­ing mo­ments of the cross­ing. There’s also some in­ter­est­ing ad­vice ap­pli­ca­ble to any­one em­bark­ing on an overnight pas­sage about pre­par­ing a ra­tion box – it’s a mil­i­tary mind­set that ap­pears to work well in the cir­cum­stances.

Mean­while, ocean sailor, racer and fish­ing en­thu­si­ast Huw Wil­liams de­scribes how to catch fish then gives five dif­fer­ent ways to cook them with­out stink­ing the gal­ley out for weeks af­ter.

In fact, such is his en­thu­si­asm for all things ed­i­ble, we’re plan­ning more pages of fish­ing and for­ag­ing from him in the near fu­ture. Nat­u­rally, we want to hear from you with tips and tricks for eat­ing on board and find­ing food at sea as well.

Chang­ing the sub­ject com­pletely: the Reeds PBO Small Craft Al­manac is on the shelves. Aimed at UK cruis­ers, this is the slimmed down ver­sion of the full-size Reeds with all the es­sen­tials or­gan­ised into fewer, smaller pages. Happy New Year!

Like a scene from the fan­tasy TV se­ries Game of Thrones, the Creach light­house on Oues­sant Is­land was the un­wel­com­ing coast­line that threat­ened David Smith – page 42

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