Captain Forsyth is pleased to announce a new attraction on the Yacht Fiona website—FREE streaming videos of the famous Fiona sailing adventures! Each video is about an hour long and covers a chapter in the Captain’s recent book An Inexplicable Attraction: My Fifty Years of Ocean Sailing. After screening the videos you may want to read the book for more details about what you have just seen!
Easy Cruising – This video is a travelogue of the Azores, the Algarve, and the Caribbean. The spectacular coast of the south coast of Portugal (the Algarve) contrasts with rocky shores of the Selvagem Islands. In the Azores we found food being cooked in volcanic geysers and a one-hundred-year-old hydroelectric station. The devastation wreaked by hurricane ‘Irma’ in St. Martin and the British Virgin Islands was heart-rending. And, Oh, yes, Fiona sank when she was launched, a minor set-back.
The Inexplicable Attraction of Ocean Cruising: This is the video of the book, all the voyages from 1964 to 2014 are reviewed briefly and the final chapters are some comments on how my life on the boat is organized and thoughts on how the world has changed in those fifty years. I believe we have left it too late to greatly affect the coming changes in the global climate and the next challenge for mankind is how to maintain our standard of living without using any fossil fuel. Get all the details in CHAPTER 12 and 13 of Captain Forsyth’s book – An Inexplicable Attraction: My Fifty Years of Ocean Sailing
Fiona Sails Round the World This was the first cruise undertaken by Captain Forsyth after he retired in 1995. It was originally shot on VHS tape and edited by Eric using two VCRs. The technical quality does not match the later videos using digital video. Walter Van Vleck made the circumnavigation as crew when he was in his early 20s. The route was westabout through the Panama and Suez canals, a good deal less strenuous than the later circumnavigation
Fiona Cruises to Antarctica: This was my first cruise to Antarctica in 1998 to 1999. I chose a tough route via the Chilean ‘Canals’- the labyrinth of channels and passages on the west coast of Chile. We endured deep anchorages, gusty winds
Fiona Sails to the Arctic and the Tropics: Our route took us to the Maritimes of Canada, Iceland and Spitzbergen
Fiona Circumnavigates Eastabout: This circumnavigation was carried out
Fiona Returns to Antarctica: This voyage occurred in 2006 and 2007. There were many exciting adventures; the South Shetland Islands, Robinson Crusoe Island and a northbound transit of the Panama Canal. One of the crew became ill in the Bahamas and had to be flown out by Bahamas Air/Sea Rescue. Get all the details in CHAPTER 7 of Captain Forsyth’s book –An Inexplicable Attraction: My Fifty Years of Ocean Sailing
Fiona’s Greenland Saga: This was a summer cruise made in 2008. The plan was to explore the Greenland west coast and Davis Straight in preparation for a possible transit of the Northwest Passage, which we did pull off
Fiona Challenges the Northwest Passage: Traversing the Passage is very chancy as success depends on whether the ice will open for just a few brief weeks. We were lucky and made it in one season, 2009 to 2010. We stayed at the village founded by Admundsen, who made the first transit, 1903 to 1906, and we met an Inuit man who claimed to be his grandson. But was he? Get all the details in CHAPTER 9 of Captain Forsyth’s book – An Inexplicable Attraction: My Fifty Years of Ocean Sailing
Fiona’s Atlantic Island Adventure: An attempt to reach islands accessible only by boat between 2011 to 2012. Highlights include the lonely wild horses on Sable Island, walking up a volcano in Iceland, the dangerous St. Peter and Paul’s Rocks in the middle of the Atlantic and spooky Devil’s Island. We were able to enjoy a beer at the South Pole Inn! Get all the details in CHAPTER 10 of Captain Forsyth’s book –An Inexplicable Attraction: My Fifty Years of Ocean Sailing
Fiona Battles to Reach Antarctica: This voyage of 2013 to 2014 is the last to be chronicled in the book although since the publication Fiona has completed two more transatlantic trips. The boat was badly damaged in severe weather south of the Falkland Islands and prudence dictated a retreat to South Africa for repairs, even though it was four thousand miles away in the furious fifties and roaring forties. Get all the details in CHAPTER 11 of Captain Forsyth’s book –An Inexplicable Attraction: My Fifty Years of Ocean Sailing
New York to Falmouth, U.K. on Arvincourt ll: This depicts the start of Captain Forsyth’s ocean sailing in 1964; a voyage to England as crew with Edith on board John Knight’s home-made cutter. The action was filmed with an 8mm camera by Steve Gould, it was later edited onto a DVD with narration. The boat was
The Voyage of Sea Swan: This boat was built mostly on the Patchogue River by Arnie Cortner and his wife, BettyLou. He started with a stand of trees that had been cut down by a developer and built a 46 ft-long schooner to his own design. When it was finished, after 8 years, Captain Forsyth volunteered to navigate from Long Island to St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands in 1972. The voyage took nearly a month, when we left in early November it was snowing. This was originally shot on VHS and later edited onto a DVD with narration. The cruise is mentioned in the INTRODUCTION of Captain Forsyth’s book –An Inexplicable Attraction: My Fifty Years of Ocean Sailing
Fiona Tackles Four Canals and Four Ocean Crossings: This is the video of a cruise made while the book was in preparation, and is not described in the text. We crossed the Atlantic to Scotland in 2015 crossed into Denmark and cruised the Baltic. Sailing across the Bay of Biscay Fiona was badly damaged by heavy weather and due to
A Year In the Sun: This video was originally shot in 1969 on super-8 mm film and edited by splicing film by Captain Forsyth. It was transferred to VHS tape and later it was converted to DVD with narration. In 1968 Eric, Edith and 3-year-old Colin spent 15 months in the Caribbean aboard Iona, a 35-ft long sloop built in Holland of steel. In those days the Caribbean was unspoiled and a cruising paradise. They were determined not to work until they ran out of money. The cruise is mentioned briefly in Captain Forsyth’s book –An Inexplicable Attraction: My Fifty Years of Ocean Sailing
Fiona Leaves the Pacific – 1992: This loosely edited video shot on VHS depicts the second half of the trip back from Polynesia, covering the leg Uruguay to Bermuda via Brazil and the Cape Verde islands. The headstay broke and was replaced in mid-Atlantic. Fiona’s return from French Polynesia after Edith passed away. This cruise is mentioned in CHAPTER 1 of Captain Forsyth’s book –An Inexplicable Attraction: My Fifty Years of Ocean Sailing
A Hiatus in Bermuda, 1992: This loosely edited video, shot on VHS was made as Fiona returned to Long Island from the Pacific. Captain Forsyth spent several months in Bermuda before returning to Long Island to face a life without Edith. Brenda flew down with her friend Jessie, followed by many old crew including Shoel, Walter, JoAnn and Louise and her daughter Christina. An interesting clip shows a cruise ship colliding with at yacht at St. Georges during high winds. This interlude is not mentioned in the book. The cruise is not mentioned in Captain Forsyth’s book –An Inexplicable Attraction: My Fifty Years of Ocean Sailing
Fiona in the Pacific – 1990 After a Bon Voyage party we sailed via the Panama Canal to the Galapagos Islands, the Tuamotus and Tahiti. Good shots of a party with Polynesians playing their guitars and ukuleles. Edith and Brenda joined the boat for a tour of Bora Bora and Moorea . Edith and Eric visited the Gauguin museum near Papeete shortly before Edith flew home, only to discover she had cancer. Eric put the boat on the hard in Raiatea. VHS tape of variable quality, loosely edited. The cruise is mentioned in CHAPTER 1 of Captain Forsyth’s book –An Inexplicable Attraction: My Fifty Years of Ocean Sailing
The Brookhaven National Lab Power Transmission Project. Eric Forsyth acted as project manager and has preserved this video of this historic project. This is a video of the Power Transmission Project. The research was recorded in 1985 by Lab photographers, this is a video of the R&D and the running of the cables.
2008 North American Vintage Bentley Meet in Vermont- It may come as surprise to viewers of the many Fiona videos that Captain Forsyth always ended the voyages back to Long Island in the middle of May. Of course, this avoided the start of the North Atlantic hurricane season, but there was another reason; an annual vintage Bentley rally that was always held the week before Memorial Day. For nearly forty years Eric drove his vintage Bentley to thirty-seven of these rallies. In 2008 he invited his friend Lew to a rally in Vermont and to videotape the Meet.