Tom Cunliffe writes:
I made a false start as a writer back in the late 1970s when I strolled into the Yachting Monthly office on my return from an extended cruise to the Americas. To my amazement, the redoubtable assembly of talent I discovered opted to encourage a tyro like me by buying a simple one-page article. A quarter-century and a good few miles later, I found myself anchored in a mangrove swamp in Martinique with time on my hands, so I wrote a jolly piece on star navigation and submitted it to the magazine. I wondered about its relevance to mainstream sailors even then, but they published that too.