The Fishermen of Nicaragua

The sea plays a major part in life on the isthmus of Central America, with the Caribbean Sea to the east and the mighty swells of the Pacific Ocean to the west, reports Kevin Green. It’s on this west coast that…

Hugh Treharne – A Great Australian Sailing Talent

Hugh Treharne is one of Australia’s greatest sailors. He was tactician on The America’s Cup-winning Australia II in 1983, a renowned 16ft and 18ft Skiff sailor, a widely recognised sailmaker and a world champion blue water yachtsman. In acknowledgement of his marvellous achievements, Hugh…

Dr Ted from Berkley

Back in 2011, after we lost ’arry Driftwood, we asked Quirky if he could come up with a Christmas article for our December 2011 issue. He did. Then we asked if he had any more. He had just published the book Foul Bottoms with…

Driftwood overboard

‘arry Driftwood was a regular and much-loved columnist for Afloat. He lived aboard his yacht Driftwood. He was a committed socialist and one of his favourite things was his daily trip ashore for a coffee and an argument – all in good humour. On…

Partners in Time

Australia’s pre-eminent marine artist, the Albany-based Ross Harry Shardlow, has been honoured with Membership in the Order of Australia. The official recognition, announced by the Governor General in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours, is a fitting tribute to Shardlow’s extraordinary artistic talent and to…

Lightning Strikes

The flash and crack of a lightning strike becomes a very vivid memory for anyone unfortunate enough to be hit while at sea. Although lightning strikes can be fatal, they also cause concern due to the potential damage. A lightning strike can be hard…

The Deadly Hazard of Urination

Have you ever heard of “Micturition syncope”? This is a fainting spell that can occur during or, more commonly, immediately after urination due to a severe drop in blood pressure. On board, such a collapse is not only particularly dangerous, but…

The Kulmar Family – World 18ft Skiff Champions

The 128-year history of Australia’s 18 Footers is famous for having generations of a family competing over many years.  Occasionally, even two generations are competing together or against each other at the same time. What sets the Kulmar family apart from the…