As I had enjoyed much sailing in Torbay, I applied for temporary membership of the Commonwealth Sailing Club, where I was granted a skipper’s ticket. Although the air temperature was very high, there was also a good breeze making dinghy sailing rather exciting, especially as my crew member had never sailed before!
We finally started for home on 17th August 1953, with Hong Kong our first stop and opportunity for shore leave. Of all the ports visited, Hong Kong was the clear favourite with most I spoke with, closely followed by Singapore. During the brief stay at Hong Kong, I used the Star Ferry a few times, purchased a beautifully carved wooden figure of an agricultural worker (which cost me 12s-6d (73p) in Kowloon, and is treasured to this day), before using the remaining time to visit Victoria Peak (by funicular tram) with its glorious views of the island.