I write about a wide range of technical, travel, boating and marine industry topics for all types of print and digital media, including some of the world’s best-known boating magazines. Extensive boating experience, including time as a professional sailor, yachtmaster instructor and boat tester, helps to give a deep understanding of the latest developments and issues affecting all aspects of the boating world, from top-level racers and ocean cruisers to occasional holiday sailors and newcomers to the sport.
I was brought up on the Isle of Wight, and divide my time between home in London, boats in Cowes and Greece, and regular travel elsewhere in the world. I continue to spend at least 120 days a year – and often considerably more – on the water.
Over 75,000 miles of offshore cruising and racing in waters ranging from the North Sea to the Southern Ocean and encompassing more than 200 different boats of all descriptions from dinghies to 80 footers. These range from 100-year-old gaffers to the latest carbon-fibre race boats, including Farr 45s, TP52s and IMOCA 60s.
Of late I’ve become very involved in long-distance short-handed sailing, including significant races, such as the Round Britain and Ireland and Azores and Back in the last couple of seasons.