“I first learnt to sail with the Corinthian Otters when I was 10 years old after pestering my Dad to let me try it. I started off in Oppies on the pond before moving on to crew and eventually helm a Cadet. Being part of the family Cadet sailing took me around the country on the circuit for training and competitions and as part of the National Squad to Poland and as far away as Tasmania. Shortly after finishing Cadets I took my Dinghy Instructor course to enable me to help teach younger sailors
When I went off to University I got involved with Uni team racing and in the Summer I would come back to the club to sail my RS200 in the Super Saturdays series.
Currently I now enjoy sailing my RS200, crewing a Squib locally as well as being part of an all-women’s match racing team competing across the country and internationally.”
Having started sailing at the age of 8 from Chalkwell beach in a Heron Dinghy with my parents I have always had a passion for the water and all things outdoors. I left sailing behind in my 20s & 30s in favour of climbing and mountaineering & came back to the water with the birth of my children thinking it would give me more time at home…. little did I know… We as a family have made some great friends at the Corinthian through our Dinghy sailing and the Otters which I am proud to be a part of. The Otters have a great management team, from parents to the Senior Otter Flag officers.
Having been a keen Yachtsman all my life, I competed in many offshore EORA events, including SORC and the Tour de France à la voile, representing GB.
For three years, my wife and I ran the Cadet section for the RBYC where there were around 120 Cadets sailing, it was great to see so many children happy on the water, developing their skills.
My passion has always been one design sailing, including the Squib, Royal Burnham One Design, 707, Elites and Dragon fleets.
I have sailed and competed in many Regattas around the UK and Ireland and have gone full circle to once again re-join the national Squib fleet which is a great all-round boat, which is an affordable, competitive, fun boat to Sail.