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The story of the l985 Transatlantic passage of the then 80 year old 46’ engineless yawl Iolaire, her nineth , skipper the well known yachting author DM Street jr.’s eighth.

It was done at a time when transatlantic passages were an adventure.Iolaire had no electronic navigation. Navigation was done, DRa basic Brooks and Gatehouse DF, and a sextant.

Iolaire was hand steered all the way, the skipper Don Street, did not believe in self steering. He said” show me a sailor that relies on self steering and I’ll show you a poor helmsman that does not understand sail trim. He regularly quoted R H “Bobby “ Sommerset, founding member of RORC , owner of both Jolie Brise and Iolaire who said” I have yet to see a self steering gear that will tell the skipper of an approaching squall, or alter course to avoid being run down by a ship we steer by hand” which Street has done on all his l2 transatlantic

It was a slow passage Ireland, Vigo, Porto Santo, Salvage islands on to the Canaries. Wind filled in in passage Canaries to Cape verdes, and the passage Cape Verdes to Antigua a glorious Nantucket sleigh ride l4 days and hours.

Information on the islands varied from meger(the canaries) to non existent for Porto Santo, Salvages and the Cape Verdes.

No guides existed for the islands

The trip was an ADVENTURE , a trip to the unknown, a far cry from the ARC where everything is laid on nothing is left for chance

The below goes in if we can have the dvd’s available

ANTIGUA WEEK 85, one hour

Iolaire’s swan song at age 80 of round the bouy racing.

She went out in style , at the end of five days racing she finished a close third/ Five points out of first , beaten by a bran new Hinkley 43 that really should have been in the cruising racing division rather than cruising Division. Two point out of third beaten by bran new Shannon 48, not bad for the old girl and a great way to end her round the bouy racing carear.


Street demonstrates the tying of basic essential basic knots that every sailor must learn to tie, quickly and reliably.

He feels that other knots are just gilding the lilly!!!!! Learn the basics well and you are all set.

He demonstrates line throwing. Bad line handling ie. throwing can ruin a good landing, good line handling throwing can bail out a bad landing.

This is a DVD that everyone that aspires to be a good crew member should view study and learn what street demonstrates.

Every skipper should show this DVD to his crew members and urge that they learn what street demonstrates.