34 years on, Yachting Monthly sets the record straight on Tilman

The December 2016 issue of Yachting Monthly pays tribute to the Skipper in style, although I should probably admit to a certain editorial bias here since much of the copy was written by me.  In fairness, it also contains input from much greater men – Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Roger (‘Mingming’) Taylor and Colin Putt – words drawn from their forewords to volumes in the new Tilman Collected Edition.ym1216

Ten years before the infamous 1982 editorial piece which sparked a lot of myths, bad feeling and one of the biggest irate mailbags that Yachting Monthly had ever received, they’d actually published one of  my pictures as the December 1972 cover.  The fee of £28 received was a serious windfall for this then young UCNW Bangor student, though the fact that they wrecked the original transparency in the process was less welcome.


By the date of publication,  Tilman’s second pilot cutter, Sea Breeze, lay wrecked deep in an East Greenland fjord and as soon as the magazine appeared in print the wife of the former owner demanded a print from Tilman whom she regarded as ‘a guilty man’.

For the full story behind that, come and see the talk!

Next date, Kendal Mountain Festival, 2016.

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One thought on “34 years on, Yachting Monthly sets the record straight on Tilman

  1. Frank Matson

    I enjoyed very much reading your articles on Bill Tilman. Just thought I would mention a book called ” The River is Within Us ” by Jean Chitty, which is a maritime history of the Lymington River, available quite cheaply on Abe Books website. I don’t know if you have read this, but it does have some interesting stuff about Bill Tilman in it. Just thought I would let you know. Regards.

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