Boat Type: Sigma 36
Sail Number: GBR 3936
Charles, 54, is a seasoned solo and short-handed competitor with his Sigma 36 ‘British Beagle’ which he bought from his good friend Marco Naninni, following his success in the 2009 OSTAR. He lives in Teddington, but spends as much time as possible in his house in Portscatho, near the Falmouth Estuary in Cornwall, where he was brought up dinghy sailing as a child and has pursued his passion for sailing ever since racing ‘Kali’ his Ajax 23 keel boat out of St Mawes Sailing Club, as well as coastal, offshore and ocean racing in ‘British Beagle’.
Since acquiring ‘British Beagle’ in 2009, he has raced with The Solo Offshore Racing Club with several class wins in both coastal and offshore series, winning IRC overall for the 2012 offshore series. He has also competed regularly 2-handed, both with RORC and Royal Southampton YC, finishing 2nd in IRC overall 2-handed in the 2011 Fastnet, with his friend and co-skipper Robin Edwards and is now excited about the prospect of a solo Fastnet race. In 2013, he successfully completed the OSTAR, finishing 2nd in class.
During the summer the boat is based in St Mawes and raced fully crewed in Falmouth week winning the top IRC class in 2012 & 2014, awarded ‘Top Yacht’ in Falmouth Week 2014 as well as finishing 2nd in the SW IRC Championships in both 2014 & 2015.