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Editorial - WiFi and Perham's adventures


At last I know I am not alone in decrying the awful service provided by UK marinas when it comes to the provision of a wireless link for internet connections.  Jeremy Greenaway, one of our new correspondents, has just returned from France, where, he says, WiFi is available, works and is free of charge in most marinas. 

What do we get in the UK?  Mostly rip off prices for a connection that hardly reaches half-way up the nearest pontoon.

WiFi isn’t just for keeping up with the latest Dr. Who adventure.  It is a real service, providing weather forecasts, helping with passage planning, and providing important links with family and friends. We pay enough in mooring fees to enable most marinas to provide a superb service.  After all, it isn't an expensive option. But most marinas aren't interested, and treat internet provision as a money-making exercise.  To quote Jeremy:  “BT OpenZone is ridiculously pricey, stupidly slow and appallingly unreliable even though my berth is virtually next to the Capitainerie and less than 100 feet from the twig! Oh to be back in France with FREE connections.”  Jeremy, we know what you mean. It’s time for UK marinas to wise up and provide good, free internet connections.

PerhamPerham's adventures.

Mike Perham’s round-the-world voyage is beginning to look a little like a round-the-world stagger from repair yard to repair yard.  All we know about the yacht is that it has already done one round-the-world voyage, which may account for a certain amount of wear and tear in things like the rudder bearings.   But we shouldn’t let that detract from his adventures.

I remember my first car.  Bought from a rather dodgy car dealer, bits kept dropping off, and break downs were a common occurrence.  But they didn’t stop me from taking it to France, which for a teenager in the 1960’s felt like a round-the-world journey.  It came back with an owner who had learned a great deal, not only about how to fix dodgy cars, but also about how the world works.

If he makes it back to Gosport without any really important bits dropping off (he has, after all, got two rudders), it might be tempting to suggest that now the trial run is over, he might like to do it again without stopping this time.

And that would be a serious suggestion. Mike has all the makings of a great yachtsman, and no one should be surprised if he decides to enter the next round-the-world race.  He will have learned a huge amount on this trip, not just about how to fix dodgy yacht parts, but also about how the world works, and how to overcome problems.

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