Here are two new videos by Roger Barnes, the English dingy sailor I discovered back in August. Though still very English, he has transplanted himself to western Brittany to enjoy the local sailing, the local company and the local lifestyle. I understand he just had enough of whatever current conditions in his home isle that caused him to uproot himself from what looked like an idyllic life in a quiet southwest English village.
The first video is a well produced little travelogue of the Vela Raid consisting of mostly French and Italian dingy sailors and, of course, one Englishman. They explored the lagoon and islands surrounding the more famous and touristy center of Venice, which Roger described as complete mayhem. Seeing these more remote and tranquil parts of Venice is refreshing and eye opening.
The second video is simply an uneventful day sail close to home as opposed to the grand adventure of a planned raid in foreign waters. This video features an Iain Oughtred design inspired by traditional Norwegian small boats, another boomless sail plan like the Avel Dro. Perhaps that’s a key to enjoying these small craft… never having to worry about cracking one’s noggin. I bought a set of plans from Iain for a sailing canoe years ago. He was living on the Isle of Skye without a website or an email address. Correspondence was by post. It was like having a penpal again. At the end, Roger opines about the joys of such a simple day messing about in boats and communing with nature. Enjoy.