Re: Sailing on network TV! "Chasing Shackleton" on tonight!
I watched that too, I'm a long time fan of the 'Shackleton story'..
Setting aside the fact that they are using AIS and VHF to (mostly) keep in touch with an escort vessel, (and IMO that's only prudent) they appear to be using period techniques and equipment, even down to the clothing, and cooking as Shackleton did... interesting to see them in basic parkas and wool gloves while the escort skipper seems kitted out in Musto or equivalent!
And on board: the crew includes a Volvo RTW race veteran and a world sailing speed setter... must be some contrast. None of them seemed to handle the horrific motion of the tubby little boat very well in bad conditions.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)