Tom Cunliffe and Libby Purves’ podcasts from Yachting Monthly magazine

Libby Purves

Libby Purves March 2016 Podcast

It’s been like hospital visiting, this winter. Major abdominal surgery, complications, expert consultants called in, conferences about treatment plans, unfamiliar parts exposed, stiff upper lips necessary all round. Not anyone in…

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Tom Cunliffe

Tom Cunliffe March 2016 Podcast

One of my first jobs was at a sailing school near Marseilles. As the blazing, Mistral-swept summer gave way to more pleasant conditions, the place shut down leaving me with no…

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Dick Durham

Dick Durham March 2016 Podcast

My mother died recently and I now know why ships are called shes. I suddenly feel as though I’ve been left to swim for it, even though I’ve been old enough…

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Libby Purves

Libby Purves December 2015 Podcast

Some gloomy health charity informs us that one in three of us will face dementia. The figures were picked up, crunched, explained and debunked on that magnificent BBC Radio 4…

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Tom Cunliffe

Tom Cunliffe December 2015 Podcast

When I was a nipper, the footwear favoured by fashionable British sailors was blue canvas pumps. Upmarket versions had non-slip rubber soles for grip. The rest of us made do…

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Dick Durham

Dick Durham December 2015 Podcast

Each wave hit the boat broadside with a loud slap and bashed her hull against the rocky sea wall. Her starboard bilge keel was smashed off, just a row of…

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Libby Purves

Libby Purves podcast: November 2015

Reading these columns, a few of you may have the impression of some leathery old salt, rarely ashore, twinkling across the foredeck with brine in her hair, her mind constantly…

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Anchorages

Tom Cunliffe November 2015 Podcast

‘The rain it raineth every day.’ So sang Feste, Shakespeare’s wise old clown, probably describing the state of affairs in Illyria some time around 1600. I suspect, though, that he…

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Dick Durham

Dick Durham November 2015 Podcast

There are any number of DIY weather forecasting manuals and all of them train us up the same way. There’s the overview: the plan of a weather system with its…

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Dick Durham

Dick Durham September 2015 Podcast

Some sailors leave me feeling distinctly uncomfortable; they leave me with a sneaking suspicion that I haven’t sailed far enough, that I’m too comfortable in home waters, that I’m a…