Clare McComb and Arthur Ransome authority Peter Willis describe a stand-off between a world-famous author and RORC founder EG Martin at Harry King’s Pin Mill shipyard

The third ‘row’ in this mini-series took place in 1938 between one of our best-known and loved sailing authors and a stern man whom he underestimated totally. To his cost. The result was the ruination of the much anticipated end-of-season’s cruising in his beautiful newly built cutter, Selina King; war followed swiftly the following year and put paid to everything. Post-war his doctor advised the barely used craft would be too much for him and he sold her.

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