|Born||Frank Charles Dye
23 April 1928
Watton, Norfolk, England
|Died||16 May 2010(aged 82)|
|Occupation||Sailor and author|
|Known for||Sailing to Iceland and Norway in an uncovered dinghy|
Frank Charles Dye (23 April 1928 – 16 May 2010) was a sailor who, in two separate voyages, sailed a Wayfarer class dinghy from the United Kingdom to Iceland and Norway. An account of this was written by Dye and his wife, Margaret, published as Ocean Crossing Wayfarer: To Iceland and Norway in a 16ft Open Dinghy.
Dye was born in Watton, Norfolk, on 23 April 1928 and was educated at Hamond's Grammar School, Swaffham. After school he joined his father's Ford car dealership and began sailing in his early thirties. In 1958 he bought the first of several Wayfarer dinghies.
Scotland to Iceland, 1963
In 1963, Dye, along with Russell Brockbank, sailed their Wayfarer dinghy Wanderer from Kinlochbervie in Scotland to Iceland (landing on the island of Heimaey). The 650-mile journey took them 11 days. Aboard they carried only a compass and sextant for navigation. During the journey they encountered force 8 gales, freezing temperatures, seasickness and broken rigging.
Scotland to Faroe Islands and Norway, 1964
In July 1964, Dye, along with crew member, Bill Brockbank (no relation to Russell), sailed the 650 nautical miles between Scotland and the Faroe Islands and across the Norwegian Sea to Norway. During the voyage they ran into a force 9 gale and were capsized four times. Their mast had been shattered but they managed to jury-rig another.
|“||Offshore cruising in an open boat can be hard, cold, wet, lonely and occasionally miserable, but it is exhilarating too. To take an open dinghy across a hundred miles of sea, taking weather as it comes; to know that you have only yourself and your mate to rely on in an emergency; to see the beauty of dawn creep across the ever restless and dangerous ocean; to make a safe landfall – is wonderful and all of these things develop a self-reliance that is missing from the modern, mechanical, safety-conscious civilised world.||”|
|“||People talk about respect for the sea, but respect is based on fear. While fascination outweighs the fear I sail on. When the balance changes, it's time to stop.||”|
- Dye, Frank; Dye, Margaret (1977). Ocean-crossing wayfarer: to Iceland and Norway in an open boat [in a 16ft Open Dinghy] (Print). Newton Abbott North Pomfret, Vt: David & Charles. ISBN 0-7153-7371-4.
- Dye, Frank (February 2001). Sailing to the Edge of Fear (Paperback) (First Thus ed.). Halifax, Nova Scotia: Nimbus Pub Ltd. p. 240. ISBN 1551092832. ISBN 978-1551092836
- "Frank Dye". The Telegraph. 10 June 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
- "Frank Dye 1928–2010". National Maritime Museum Cornwall. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
- "Wayfarer, Wanderer – a dinghy owned by Frank & Margaret Dye". National Maritime Museum Cornwall. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
- Dye, Frank; Dye, Margaret (1977). Ocean-crossing Wayfarer: To Iceland and Norway in a 16ft Open Dinghy (Print). Newton Abbott North Pomfret, Vt: David & Charles. ISBN 0-7153-7371-4.
- "Frank Dye – Obituary". UK Wayfarer Association. Retrieved 24 April 2010.
- "Frank Dye Obituary". The Daily Telegraph. 10 June 2010. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
- "Sailing into hell: two men, a dinghy and one of the luckiest escapes ever". The Guardian. 21 June 2014. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
- Dye, Frank; Dye, Margaret (2006). Ocean Crossing Wayfarer (2nd ed.). London: Adlard Coles Nautical. p. 2.
- Adams, Johnny; Dye, Frank (Summer 2013). "Frank Dye: 1928 – May 16, 2010 based on an interview with Frank Dye by Johnny Adams" (PDF). Dinghy Cruising. Dinghy Cruising Association (Bulletin 219). Retrieved 12 November 2013.
- Dye, Margaret (2001). Dinghy cruising: the enjoyment of wandering afloat (Print). London: Adlard Coles Nautical. ISBN 0-7136-5714-6.
- Dye, Margaret (Summer 2013). "My Life With Frank Dye and Wayfarer Wanderer" (PDF). Dinghy Cruising. Dinghy Cruising Association (Bulletin 219). Retrieved 12 November 2013.