Boat Type: JOD35
Sail Number: FRA15012
Just like many of our fraternity, I sailed dinghies as a child.
Joining the Navy in 1985, put a stop to much of that but later presented the opportunity to sail all over the world. By using a warship to cover the bulk of the distance and arranging to visit the local sailing clubs when in port, I have been able to sail in most of the oceans, including the Arctic and Antarctic, and pass both capes under sail.
As a member, then Bos’n and Skipper of the RN Offshore Sailing Team, I have competed in Service, JOG and RORC events. Upon leaving the RN in 2007, I was head-hunted by HMS SULTAN to become the Sail Training Supervisor. As a commercially endorsed Yachtmaster I have undertaken short and single handed deliveries and passages as well as raced professionally.
I have Navigated, Helmed and Skippered the RORC Fastnet Race. Most recently, for my 7th time round, I campaigned the 2014 and 2015 seasons in the two-handed class aboard my own yacht Ginger. Unfortunately prioritising this allowed no time to compete in the SORC offshore races during these seasons.
The Fastnet holds a fascination for me and keeps drawing me back, again and again.
Ginger is a JOD35 (Jeanneau One Design 35); designed with the French obsession for short-handed sailing. I often say she is the wrong boat; She can be a dog in light airs and a bit of a handful in a blow. She has not been converted to water ballast but has been converted to fully asymmetric spinnakers, making for ease of handling and a significant adjustment in the handicap.