Dick Durham


 This site is to record Dick Durham's impressions both afloat and along the shoreline. It will include occasional thoughts, photographs and artwork both contemporary and historic.


First Novel

For more than 50 years Dick Durham has sailed the London River and Thames Estuary and this is the setting for his first novel, A Tide For Drowning, a story of retribution in which a serial killer uses the half-tide shoals to create a modern day Calvary. 

The book is available on Amazon digitally and will be available soon in hard copy.

Amazon Store Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B079H4N7CJ/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb

Homeward Bound - Dick buys Betty II


New Crew joins Betty in Portsmouth for passage to Leigh on Sea.



Sea Reach, November 2016

Suhaili, the thirty two foot ketch in which Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, 77, sailed alone and non-stop around the world in the 1968-69 Golden Globe Race.

Left: Dick Durham in the cockpit of Suhaili with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston during day one of the Hamble Classics Regatta. For the video, go to www.myclassicboat.com

 Snapshots of the Thames Sailing Barge Match 2016.

Wendy May arrives in Great Yarmouth, Suffolk with a bump.

If you are penniless in Venice you need to know where the bridges are.

The forward end of this wooden yacht is being used as a shelter. Many hulls over the years have been used for domestic habitation ashore, a fact noted by Charles Dickens in his novels. However this is becoming an uncommon sight. Thanks to the proliferation of boat restoration 'universities'. 

The first Thames sailing barge to be launched since 1930. Blue Mermaid slips at Charlie Toms' shipyard, Polruan, Cornwall.

Wendy May had several owners and was sailed round Britain and Ireland before Dick Durham bought her in Cherbourg and sailed her back to the Thames Estuary, her new home.

 Wendy May, designed by Maurice Griffiths, was built in 1936 by Williams & Parkinson in Deganwy, North Wales. She featured in Classic Boat magazine in September, 2015, after Dick Durham brought her back from Cherbourg to her new home at the Island Yacht Club, Canvey Island, Essex.

From shed to Squadron. Never let it be said that Dick Durham's cruising chat show talk is anything other than inclusive. Here he is pictured at Britain's smallest yacht club, the Belton Way Small Craft Club in Essex. Other recipients have included the Royal Yacht Squadron, the Cruising Association, the Old Gaffers Association, the Westerly Owners Association, and many more.

Last berth

 The lowest low water of 2015 in Sharfleet Creek, Kent

 Weather-going tide in the Thames Estuary.

It's been announced that the Classic Channel Regatta is to be repeated in 2017. Here are veteran sailors James Jermain and Martin Thomas aboard Charm of Rhu in the Round Brehat Race of 2015.



During the last race of the Classic Channel Regatta, Charm of Rhu, a Fife 40, broke a new record in a downwind sleigh ride from Paimpol to Guernsey. She clocked 9.1 knots. Here she is with left to right, James Jermain, Chris Cole and skipper Martin Thomas


Picture 5 One of the Tiller girls at the Maldon Regatta 2015

 Maldon Regatta in Essex is the last major event of the 2015 sailing season. Picture 4

Picture of the Week 3

Royal Yacht Squadron artist-in-residence, Martyn Mackrill, and an admirer look at his painting of The Riddle of the Sands' yacht Dulcibella, based on Erskine Childers' real craft Vixen. The picture was part of an exhibition held at Arthur Beale's chandlery in Shaftesbury Avenue, London.

Then and now: new cranes of Thames Gateway dwarf the UK's last trading vessel Cambria

Picture of the week 2

The heavy canvas sails of Edith May show how fish oil and red ochre, used in dressing, protect against chafe.