An experienced and fully qualified yacht skipper I have sailed round the world and am currently in the UK as skipper of the 14.2m/ 48.2 ft classic yacht Pinuccia.
Pinuccia is an International 8 Meter designed by Vincenzo Vittorio Bagglietto and built in Italy by Baglietto Varrazze in 1938 to contest the Copa D’Italia. She is now owned by the Tresanton Hotel in St Mawes near Falmouth in Cornwall.
Together with a mate we provide a programme of day and 1/2 day charters for guests of the hotel.
I moved to Falmouth to skipper the 51ft Pilot Cutter Eve of St Mawes. We ran 3 to 6 day charters around the west country for all levels of experience from complete novices to seasoned sailors.
Prior to moving to Falmouth I was based in Plymouth working for the charity Island Trust as 1st mate on their vessels Moosk, Pegasus and Tectona. My first experience of classic boat sailing and a great introduction.
I was in Scotland before moving down to Plymouth working for Gordonstoun School as 2nd mate on their 80ft Oyster Bermudan ketch. Based on the west coast I helped deliver the schools busy schedule of sail training voyages including participation in the Tall Ships Race 2011. During the winter I gained valuable refit experience and traditional small boat sailing while teaching the schools seamanship course.
Gordonstoun was the start of my professional sailing career. Prior to taking up the position there I had completed my Yachtmaster and STCW qualifications following my return from a full circumnavigation in the Clipper Round the World Race 2009-10. On the 68ft Clipper California I started the voyage as the youngest crew member and by the time we reached Cape Town I had been promoted to watch leader.
The eventful voyage included the loss of our wheel steering crossing the South Atlantic from Rio de Janiero to Cape Town and being knocked down and dismasted mid-way across the Pacific between Qingdao in China and San Francisco. None of this deterred me and on my return from the race in July 2010 I decided that I would not return to my previous career as a gallery assistant and PA to one of London’s top art dealers. Sailing was to be my life!