Series Drogues: Learning From Tony Gooch

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Tony and Coryn Gooch stopped by in their lovely and beautifully maintained aluminum sloop Taonui. If you don’t know who they are, that is simply because they go out there on the ocean and do incredible things without fuss or drama.

Like Tony deciding, when he was into “senior citizen” territory, that it might be a good idea to sail around the world non-stop single-handed. So he did.

Here are Tony and Coryn's thoughts on heavy weather tactics:

John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for 25 years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 20 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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Alain Rémi

Most interesting. I read a lot about heavy weather sailing and very early on I learned that safety was offshore, which helped me decide to sail a SW gale close hauled for 48 hours off the coast of Portugal, rather than risking an hypothetical shelter inland…Back then, no GPS and not so good radio beacons…

Now I’m looking for books written in the 50s or 60s by a British couple who sailed around the world several times, I think. They wrote extensively in British magazines, had a bigger steel boat built in their later years &, I think, ended up living in New Zealand. Could you help me find their names? Thanks