The guy at the wheel; as owner and skipper of Mischief II this is all I do.
From the earliest memories of my dad frantically rowing after me on Lake Windermere as I set off in search of adventure in a wooden tub, right up until writing this, I have loved my time on the water. Various boats and ongoing training over my time have refined that experience and made me realise that I’m surely at my happiest afloat.
I’m drawn to sailing as it remains an adventure; from the shortest hop along the coast to the out of sight of land trip, I feel that it provides a complete disconnect from the hectic pace of life that eats away at many of us. With an ever-growing list of places under the keel, Mischief II is my home and sharing that time with people keeps me passionate about being out on the blue; it truly is addictive.
After a brief dabble in motorboats, the idea of being driven by nature was just too appealing and I bought Mischief II with a view to use sails rather than a motor to propel me forward. The RYA has been my church, the Solent my main playground leaving me somewhat destitute but holding many qualifications:
RYA/MCA Commercial Yachtmaster Offshore (SAIL), Dayskipper, First Aider, VHF operator, Powerboat Instructor, Advanced Powerboater, a host of dinghy sailing levels and the ever important Certificate in Sea Survival.