The Author: Julian Mustoe
Julian Mustoe was born in London in July 1933. His father was South African and his mother American. Both were of English extraction.
During the Second World War Julian was evacuated to the United States and returned to England in 1945. He is, therefore, English by nature and Anglo-American by nurture.
His school days were spent at Aldenham School in Hertfordshire. After National Service in the Royal Artillery he went up to Cambridge University where he obtained an adequate but not outstanding degree in English. He went on to qualify as an architect in 1960. Julian married in 1963 and was divorced in 1979. His son and daughter are now, of course, grown up. He has remained single.
Julian’s working life was occupied with designing buildings, teaching architecture and in architectural research. In his early fifties he graduated with a master’s degree in computer aided building design at the University of Strathclyde. In 1987 he obtained a PhD in the use of artificial intelligence in architectural design.
Some of his artificial intelligence research was conducted at the University of Brasilia during an interlude in his circumnavigation aboard his small yacht Harrier of Down. His engagement with the sea began with crewing on the 70-foot Nicholson designed St Barabara. She was the Royal Artillery Yacht Club boat and he was aboard in order to provide some muscle on the winches and to be useful generally. St Barabara was a tough boat to sail and she provided an excellent yachting apprenticeship.
In the 1960s and 70s he owned a Top Hat called Tamarin. She was 25 feet long and was, in effect, the Illingworth & Primrose version of the Folkboat formula. Tamarin was a great boat. In 1965 he sailed Tamarin across the North Atlantic with his wife to the Caribbean and on to New York.
They lived there for two years and in 1968 he sailed Tamarin back to England singlehanded. His wife and two children returned by jet airliner.
In London, he and his wife bought a house and brought up two children. Summer holidays and as many weekends as possible, were spent aboard Tamarin. They explored much of Britain and the nearer coasts of Europe. Tamarin was one of the casualties of a divorce and for many years afterwards he sailed aboard other people’s boats. These included several racing trimarans, amongst others Great Britain IV, and a variety of cruising boats.
After gaining the two higher degrees at Strathclyde University Julian returned to sailing. He bought a Folksong and converted her for ocean cruising. The final result, Harrier of Down, was greatly influenced by the ideas and example of Blondie Hasler’s Jester.
The book Voyage of the Harrier is an account of his circumnavigation of the world between 2001 and 2012. His voyage was the first detailed reconstruction of the famous second surveying voyage of HMS Beagle. Harrier’s voyage followed closely the track of voyage made by the Beagle in the 1830s, with Charles Darwin aboard as expedition naturalist. The first part of his voyage was made in the first Harrier and, after a shipwreck, the rest of his circumnavigation was made with the second version of Harrier of Down.
In June of 2015 Julian Mustoe intends to set off for the Baltic Sea in Harrier. His plan is to conduct another historically informed cruise based on the territory and activities of the medieval Hanseatic League.