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Nick Kats of Clifden is Sailor of the Month (Voyaging) for September

1st October 2022
First look - Arctic enthusiast and dedicated nutritionist Nick Kats aboard his much-travelled ketch Teddy in Clifden Harbour
Arctic enthusiast and dedicated nutritionist Nick Kats aboard his much-travelled ketch Teddy in Clifden Harbour

When the workmanlike-looking 39ft ketch Teddy returned to her familiar drying quayside berth in the deep shelter of Clifden Harbour in mid-September, it marked the completion of skipper Nick Kats’ tenth voyage to the Arctic, and his third detailed visit to the majestic coast of East Greenland.

As ever with the Teddy’s ventures, there was extra purpose to it all, as Nick is a dedicated nutritionist whose researches may lead to him inviting the Teddy’s crews to join him in testing some seemingly revolting local “delicacy”. Years of this seem to have toughened the Kats’ digestion system, for during 2022’s voyage he found one such tested item very nourishing, but a crewman was violently ill. Happily, all got home safe and sound to complete a particularly satisfying voyage.

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