I am professionally trained with a background of racing and cruising yachts in the Solent, on the North Kent coast and in the Mediterranean. An accredited member of the Yacht Designers and Surveyors Association (YDSA), an Associate Member of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects. (AMRINA) and winner of the YDSA’s 2015 Surveyor of the Year Award.
I am also a member of the BMSE – British Marine Surveyors Europe. A group of professionally trained surveyors communicating via a live forum sharing knowledge and experience on a daily basis. This is an excellent tool when it comes to keeping up with modern boatbuilding methods and technology. It also means that Clients can be assured they have access to a wide knowledge bank if any ‘out of the ordinary’ defects are found on a vessel.
My love affair with the sea started when I was nine years old when my father bought a Solo dinghy for the family. Dinghy racing was then my life for many years and having an offshore racer as a father enabled me to slip in as crew on some fabulous yachts. Even as a small child, I would be happy stuck in a sail bag in the corner of one or other of the ocean racers he was navigating. Later I was lucky enough to join him as crew on a large Swan, in Baiona, Spain, at the finish of the Transatlantic Race in 1972. We then sailed the boat back to Cowes; a superb and memorable trip which sealed my obsession for the sport. My early 20’s were spent racing Dragons at Cowes and sailing with a friend in his transatlantic cutter, although the channel was as far as we got.
For the last 20 odd years, I have owned various yachts and maintained them myself. My current boat is a Westerly Fulmar which I race around the Swale.