A Chat with John Harries

10 Jun

As referenced in a previous post, John Harries, author of the well-known voyaging website, Attainable Adventure Cruising, came to visit Mo at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron last week.

John has long advocated the use of the Jordan Series Drogue and so was interested to explore the issues Mo had with the drogue during a recent North Atlantic gale.

By way of reminder, the drogue bridle wrapped the Monitor wind vane late in the blow, causing serious damage. More on that here.

What follows is a snippet of our conversation, a short video shot entirely by John. For my part, I was so excited to meet him, I lost my head and failed to take any photos of us at all. That said, I did learn quite a bit…

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Published by John Harries, June 8, 2019 at Attainable Adventure Cruising.

A Chat With Randall Reeves

Randall making a call from his very cool and deeply practical wheelhouse.

As many of you will be aware, Randall Reeves just made a planned stop in Halifax after 227 days at sea circumnavigating Antartica as part of his Figure 8 Voyage.

(Randall’s original planned stop was Saint John’s, but he wisely diverted because of the unusual density of ice bergs off Newfoundland.)

I was lucky enough to spend a couple of hours with Randall on his boat Moli, most of which we spent discussing his experiences with series drogues designed by Don Jordan.

I’m working on an in-depth article on everything I learned from Randall (not a trivial task because there was a lot), but in the mean time I thought it would be fun to post a short video clip from our chat.

I have only lightly edited it because I want to preserve the reality of two sailors figuring stuff out.

This article was syndicated from The Figure 8 Voyage

Comments

  1. sonofasailor35

    Just a thought about drogue design from someone who has never had to deploy one: how about a “reversible” drogue which only captures water in one direction, with two lines tied to the foreward end for deploying, and a separate line tied to the aft end which would reverse its direction, making for easier retrieval?

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