Frank Dye's exploits recalled


There are sailors for whom adventure is a small boat making passages inshore, there are sailors who take big boats offshore and then there is Frank Dye. Who can ever forget reading about the man who sailed a 15ft Wayfarer open dinghy to Iceland and Norway from Scotland?

In severe weather he simply took the mast down! Even so he was capsized more than once. His remarkable voyages sparked a huge following for the Wayfarer and now the association sees hundreds of them being road-trailered to waters all over Europe and beyond: though few, if any, have had the courage to take them across by sea, like Frank.

Now a newly restored Wayfarer has been named Never Say Die in honour of Frank and his wife Margaret.

The boat can be seen at the Maritime Museum in Falmouth.