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    Thumbs up UK to Australia in a Drascombe Lugger?

    I've not been around these fora for a while and I donít often venture out of the Motor Boat forum, but felt this might be of more interest here and thought it warranted a share. Itís a film on YouTube about a man who attempted to sail an 18ft open Drascombe Lugger from the UK to Australia in 1969. I thought it encapsulated some great British spirit of adventure and period footage. Enjoy.

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    Default Re: UK to Australia in a Drascombe Lugger?

    My goodness, what a guy!

    Tks for link; will watch rest tomorrow

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    Default Re: UK to Australia in a Drascombe Lugger?

    What an unassuming man. Me and my friend spent a week on Loch Lomand when we were 17 in a Drascombe Lugger. The only similarity was the cultural issues.

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    Default Re: UK to Australia in a Drascombe Lugger?

    The book is a good read and highlights how a repeat journey would be nigh on impossible now due to the lack of stability in the Middle East. The book is very hard to find and when copies come up for sale they are generally expensive. I was lucky that my sister found me one in an old book shop for my 40th ��

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    Default Re: UK to Australia in a Drascombe Lugger?

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Default Re: UK to Australia in a Drascombe Lugger?

    For those who enjoyed this video, I see thereís an interview and Q&A about the trip posted now:

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    Default Re: UK to Australia in a Drascombe Lugger?

    Quote Originally Posted by rbcoomer View Post
    For those who enjoyed this video...
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    Some great links you're finding; suspecting an inner raggie somewhere trying to get out

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    Default Re: UK to Australia in a Drascombe Lugger?

    An incredible story and a very self effacing gentleman, good for him!

    Could it be done today, given all the changes that have happened in the world in the intervening 50 years?

    In fact could it be done better today, given the improvements in technology, communication, weather forecasting and so forth?

    Anyone fancy trying it..?
    Ari

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    Default Re: UK to Australia in a Drascombe Lugger?

    I suppose you could always try the other direction … allow a few extra days! ..
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    Default Re: UK to Australia in a Drascombe Lugger?

    Quote Originally Posted by dom View Post
    Some great links you're finding; suspecting an inner raggie somewhere trying to get out
    Haha! I think me resorting to sail is stretching the imagination more than a little... I just felt it was a really interesting and somewhat inspiring story and as I couldn't see it had been posted, thought others might like to see too. I might be tempted to have a go in a fast powerboat, but alas couldn't afford the fuel or the time off work, let alone said fast powerboat so I'll be content with my pottering along the South Devon coast for now.
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