Capt. Shane Granger is not new to historical boats having directed the restoration of such famous period vessels as the 1670s ketch Adventure and consulted on the Clearwater, Maryland Dove, Pride of Baltimore, the 1992 Columbus ships, and other historically accurate vessels. He also trained crews to sail several well-known historical replicas. Granger studied under Capt Irving Johnston and Mr Jim Richardson and was skipper of the Class "A" Brigantine Stargate in the 1982 & 84 Tall Ships races.
Shane, more of a historical rigger than a boat builder, even though he has done both jobs, finds the sailing of historical boats fascinating. "Not only do I have to figure out how they did it, but why they did it that way." He recently took the SEA Yachting Q & A, check out his responses.
What's the most important lesson you have learned about sailing?
Sailing on sail balance alone, the way the old timers did it; sailing without a rudder if you will. On modern boats the rudder forces the boat to change course, even against the sails. Old ships' rudders were small - just enough to give the boat a nudge toward the new course. The rest was a matter of proper sail use. A good boat should steer herself on just about any angle she is capable of.
Favorite Sailing Film?
Master and Commander, even if it was a hodge podge taken from several of the books in that fantastic series.
Favorite Sailing Book?
Without any doubt, the Jack Aubrey and Steven Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian. Those stories are so well written you can read them again and again always discovering something new.
Favorite Boat Show?
The Boat Asia boat show, or should I call it a lifestyle show in Singapore. This year it was held from 12th–15th of April at the Marina at Keppel Bay. That is not only the largest show in the region but has such a diverse offering, the one show not to be missed, if you are interested in yachts and the water in general.
Favorite type of sailing boat?
The topsail schooner; I think it was about the most versatile rig ever developed, for running, it had the power of square sails, and for windward work it had the drive of the gaff sails. Combined with a Baltimore Clipper type of hull these are very fast boats indeed and good in all weather.
That would have to be the Raja Muda in this area, or the Columbus Day Regatta in south Florida. The Raja Muda is serious sailing and good fun all in a very finely tuned mix. Sailing race you still most want to compete in? Do we have to? Seems to me the best races are always when you have two sailing boats going the same direction. Say what you will, but that situation almost always turns into a race.
Sailing destination you still most want to get to?
There are simply so many places I would like to go; where should I start? The real fun of owning a boat s is being able to reach places no one else visits.
Sailing journey you'd still like to make?
I am doing it right now.
What could the Thai gov't do to improve marina business in this country?
Simplify the regulatory issues. Insure that all entry ports have the same rules and apply them in the same manner. The Thais could take quite a few very good tips from the Malaysian system, which is working quite well and has done so much to attract so many boats to Malaysia.
If you weren't in the sailing business, you would be…?
Pushing a shopping trolley full of bags in some city…who knows? I have several professions I could practice and have always been open to the "new ideas never hurt" concept. Somehow, I am pretty sure I would land on my feet.
It really is a toss up between The Marina at Keppel Bay in Singapore and the Straights Quay Marina in Penang. Both have easy in and out, are centrally located, have excellent management, and a totally professional friendly marina staff. Keppel is so clean I can make water while in the marina, and both have locations that must be the envy of all others. Nestled within the luxurious and secure Keppel Bay waterfront complex, the Marina at Keppel Bay is situated on its own private island within easy walking distance to the Harbour Front, the largest mall in Singapore, Vivo City, and the MRT. It's also only a 5-minute drive to the impressive Integrated Resort at Sentosa, the Universal Studios theme park, and Resorts World hotel. The facilities are simply first class, little wonder The Marina at Keppel Bay was chosen Best Asian Marina of the year and awarded 5 Gold Anchors accreditation along with a string of other excellence and green awards. Don't forget the fresh baked bread every morning from the bakery right at the head of the pier and the great jogging routes with never a sign of traffic to disturb the enjoyment of the well-maintained gardens. It is easy to understand why this marina has consistently been chosen as the site for Singapore's prestigious Boat Asia boat show - Southeast Asia's most important yearly luxury lifestyle and yachting event.
And before you start thinking the prices must be in the "astronomical Bill Gates only class"‚ let me say they are not at all expensive.
For what you get, this must be the most reasonably priced marina in Singapore.
Visit their website at www.marinakeppelbay.com and if you have any questions or need information about arriving in Singapore,
contact Roy Ng and his Team at
. Roy is the Marina Manager and one of the most helpful people you could ever wish to meet. (Contact Shane at: