Wednesday 10th February

Ray Prowse

Edward Allcard: Sailor, Adventurer

 

Sea Wanderer, courtesy of Clare Allcard

Edward Allcard was an English naval architect, marine surveyor, yachtsman and author. Born in 1914, he pushed the boundaries and knowledge of small yacht, trans-ocean sailing, initially using his 34ft ketch to become the first person to cross the Atlantic single-handed in both directions.  He wrote books about his pioneering sailing adventures, which included the coasts of South America, rounding Cape Horn and a leisurely global circumnavigation in his 36ft ketch Sea Wanderer. After another circumnavigation, he retired to the Pyrenees and took up downhill skiing in 2006, aged 90. A life well lived…