Those who go down to the sea in ships – Watercolour pencils on a watercolour Moleskine.

In 1979 the annual Isle of Wight (Cowes)/Fastnet Rock ocean race started in fairly calm conditions. Shortly after the mid point of the outward leg was reached a large storm blew up with average winds of 50-60 knots. Of the 303 yachts which started 15 were completed wrecked, many abandoned the race and nineteen participants drowned. This remains the worst ocean racing disaster in history. My wee sketch shows, what the gathering storm might have looked like. Lord, please care for all those who go down to the sea in ships.