THE CONFESSIONAL
Yachting Monthly|October 2021
OWN UP TO YOUR SAILING SINS

Keeping schtum

Wes Absolom

Back in 1979, my dad bought a mini portable TV radio to keep us boys entertained while away on the boat. Despite the tiny screen, it was incredible to be watching our favourite programmes while afloat.

In school on the Monday, I was boasting to my friends about our new portable TV and they all wanted to see it. When the house was empty, we sneaked home to watch it. I thought I was very clever and used the 12V plug – that I had seen Dad using – and plugged it into the 240V socket. Funnily enough the TV blew. I knew dad would be furious, so I put it back in the box and said nothing.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM YACHTING MONTHLYView All

Why It's Time To Pay Attention To Your Boat's Hoses

Your boat is full of hoses for many different purposes, many of them critical to essential onboard functions, and even keeping your boat afloat. Make sure they are fit for purpose, says Dag Pike

6 mins read
Yachting Monthly
September 2021

How Do You Offset Making Too Much Leeway?

A question of seamanship

2 mins read
Yachting Monthly
October 2021

10 Best Cruising Destinations For Bird Watching

10 Best Cruising Destinations For Bird Watching

10+ mins read
Yachting Monthly
October 2021

Louisiades revisited

John Marley returns to the Louisiades, Papua New Guinea, for a second aid project – with 300 pairs of glasses and copies of YM

4 mins read
Yachting Monthly
October 2021

‘I decided to just go alone'

Chris Ayres realised a childhood dream when he sailed from Britain to New Zealand, via Panama, in a 28ft yacht – bravely setting sail solo when crew let him down at the 11th hour

8 mins read
Yachting Monthly
October 2021

MAXI 1100

As an understated fast cruiser with racing potential and a nicely appointed interior, the Maxi 1100 has much to recommend her. David Harding reports

10+ mins read
Yachting Monthly
October 2021

BEAUPORT, JERSEY

Jane Cumberlidge escapes to Jersey’s south-west coast to anchor off one of the Channel Islands’ prettiest beaches

2 mins read
Yachting Monthly
October 2021

THE CONFESSIONAL

OWN UP TO YOUR SAILING SINS

3 mins read
Yachting Monthly
October 2021

Sailors aged 14 and 82 finish circumnavigations around Britain

Katie said the only challenging bit of her circumnavigation was going through the Menai Strait.

2 mins read
Yachting Monthly
October 2021

ADVENTURE THE LONG WAY

Katy Stickland meets the skippers turning their backs on modern technology to take part in the slowest yacht race around the world - the Golden Globe Race

9 mins read
Yachting Monthly
October 2021
RELATED STORIES

NAVIGATION BRIEFING

MIKE BROUGHTON ON SAILING IN FOG

6 mins read
Yachting World
November 2020

P&O SINKS TO NEW LOW

FERRY SCANDAL EXCLUSIVE. Now they try to cut wages of cheap staff who replaced sacked crews.

3 mins read
The Sunday Mirror
April 24, 2022

CALL FOR STATE TO RUN P&O FERRIES

Plea follows fresh safety concerns over vessels

1 min read
Daily Mirror
April 15, 2022

Get ready for Easter jams as 22 million hit the road

EASTER weekend travel misery is looming as nearly 22 million drivers prepare to hit the roads alongside more flight cancellations and escalating ferry chaos.

1 min read
Daily Express
April 14, 2022

‘Brexit scenarios' partly to blame for Dover queues

Customs check issues are adding to problems caused by the P&O Ferries suspension (PA)

2 mins read
The Independent
April 10, 2022

Traffic jam sandwiches

Travellers to France told to bring food for long queues

2 mins read
The Independent
April 10, 2022

Port chaos sparks massive tailbacks

THOUSANDS of holidaymakers are likely to face long delays at Dover again today due to a shortage of ferries and bad weather.

1 min read
Sunday Express
April 03, 2022

P&O crews' 144 round trips before time off

AGENCY crew hired by P&O Ferries to replace axed staff face “up to 144 round trips” before getting time off, it was claimed.

1 min read
Daily Mirror
March 23, 2022

P&O staff replaced by workers ‘earning just £1.80 an hour'

SACKED P&O ferry crews at Dover have been replaced by Indian seafarers paid the equivalent of £1.80 an hour, a union leader claimed.

2 mins read
Daily Express
March 22, 2022

P&O sackings are Brexit's final smack in the face for Dover

IF any town is symbolic of Britain's Brexit catastrophe it is Dover. After years of being treated as a car park amid chaos around the port, the final insult came this week when hundreds of locals were sacked on the spot by P&O Ferries, to be replaced by foreign workers.

3 mins read
The Herald
March 19, 2022