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by Han
(Brittany, France)

And I've been a busy-body on this site for some months now, but for these fora I'm new, so a few words as an intro.

I was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, under German occupation, so I'm not exactly a toddler. I've been sailing all my life in a lot of different types of sailboats, so I can say to have some experience.

You can find some of my articles in Sailing Stories, I try to formulate answers in Ask the Expert, and most of my expertise is to be found in the History of Sailing Blog, a series of articles on the development of sailing ships through the centuries.

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Nov 26, 2009
by: Joris

hi han,

i sail at the haringvliet, with a topper. And you? my parants has a big boat. i've got also a middelandse zeejol, at the grevelingen.

Nov 26, 2009
by: Han

Hi Joem,
I'm no longer active as sailor, but left my wake on a lot of European waters. Reading my first post on Introduce Yourself you can learn more about me; I also left my traces in Ask the Expert, Sailing Stories and History of Sailing Blog.
I know the Haringvliet and Grevelingen very well, even from the time before the Deltadams,sailed a lot there when a friend had a boat in a yachtharbour there.
Both being Dutch on an English site it's obligatory to write in English, but seems a bit awkward. Is it hard for you to write in English? If you prefer using Dutch you'll have to mail me personally by using the little envelope on the left, but only if it's personal. If it's about sailing, everybody can learn from our exchanges. O.K.?

May 25, 2010
by: Harry Crossley

Hi Han, many thanks for your comments, yes, you may recruit me if you like, I will help if I can. It seems that one of the biggest jobs in writing about maritime matters is the research. I think it is so important to get the details correct, apart from anything else there will always be someone with knowledge who will correct the writer. I have quite a large library of nautical books in my study, including all twenty volumes of Patrick O'Brians Jack Aubrey/Steven Maturin series, plus biography and associated books I have to be careful or I spend more time reading than doing anything else. Bye for now,Harry/

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