One-handed single-handed sailor finds a way to overcome obstacles while sailing a junk-rigged yacht in Greenland. Tom Cunliffe introduces this idea
Dave Leet’s Nomad He sails mostly single-handed on a junk-rigged schooner. He certainly puts the miles in, because although this article is about his experiences in West Greenland, when I wrote to him about his work he was in Martinique where he’d been waiting out Covid.
The account here is edited from three articles written from his blog (svnomad.blogspot.com) for the magazine of the excellent Junk Rig Association. Talking with Dave makes crystal clear his view that remote places like Greenland should only be cruised by sailors with a totally self-help attitude, and the way he rebuilds his gearbox to replace the seals from spares which he ‘just happens to have on board’ says a great deal about this modest man.
Leet notes that Canadian and Greenland authorities allow yachts to sail freely as long they are clear of obstructions, keep their profile low, and avoid trouble. His cruise to the top of Disko Bay at 70° North, where ice conditions slip him the wink that it’s time to turn south, is exemplary. To be alone on one’s boat, sharing the bay with only icebergs in…