Frank Dye, photographed in 2009 near his home in Wells-next-the-SeaPhoto: Nigel Millard
Frank Dye, photographed in 2009 near his home in Wells-next-the-Sea

Norfolk’s Frank Dye is a hero to Jeremy, Phil and thousands more small boat cruisers. In 1963, he and Russell Brockbank sailed their Wayfarer Wanderer from Scotland to Iceland – 650 miles in 11 days. The following year, he and Bill Brockbank (no relation to Russell) sailed from Scotland to Norway, through a force 9 gale and four capsizes.

He told Huw Lewis-Jones in Face to Face: Ocean Portraits: ‘We make our own decisions. If you get it wrong you know who is to blame but when it goes right it’s absolutely wonderful. To take an open dinghy across 100 miles of sea, taking the weather as it comes; to see the beauty of a dawn creep across the restless waves; to make a safe landfall and to meet people on the coast for the first time – to me that’s the joy of the sea, the real meaning of life.’