After University I had the opportunity to race around Britain and Ireland non-stop on a 38ft yacht, this was my first real big-boat/offshore experience. Since I enjoyed that I then attended the selection trials for the GBR Yacht Racing Academy and spent a season racing the Academy’s Farr 52’s as Helmsman/Tactician including the 2007 Fastnet race. I found that l enjoyed the big boats offshore when racing ‘to’ somewhere, but for round the cans racing I far preferred dinghies.
Away from sailing I have a background in electronics and before setting off to sail around the world I spent 12 years working in Engineering Design. The problem solving that comes from an engineering background is a useful skill to have when maintaining a boat hundreds of miles from any help in remote parts of the world.