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Offshore Skipper

Richard Ash

This is my 32nd season cruising on sailing yachts and I have cruised many of the coasts of the UK, Belgium, France, The Netherlands and the Baltic. I have also enjoyed warmer cruising in the Mediterranean, Canaries, and Caribbean. I am qualified to RYA Yachtmaster Offshore level and have done the theory for Ocean too, but so far have not made Ocean passages.

Mostly the shorter trips I skipper are a couple of days and therefore between the Chichester and Weymouth areas, depending on tide and weather. We often like to eat ashore on at least one night, but in the summer cooking on board and chilling out through the evening in the cockpit at anchor somewhere is magical too. I like to run a relaxed boat and anyone who wants to have a go at planning a passage or running the boat for a passage can do so. I am also generally happy to step aside and be mate or crew if there is an inexperienced skipper who just wants someone along for insurance.


Offshore Skipper

Andy Bowerman

I have sailed some 25,000 miles since joining PYC, much of it in the club boats, often as skipper, but equally happy in more humble roles. Having taken Spellbinder, both Enchantress’s and Quartette to many destinations between the Baltic, Mediterranean, Ireland and NW Spain, I have an eye on Relax’s very long legs as a (maybe) ticket to more ambitious adventures.


Offshore Skipper

Dave Brookes

I have some 55 years sailing experience from dinghies through to cruising yachts with an RYA skippers licence and my own boat on the Medway.  I have sailed the club boats extensively around the UK, Northern Europe as well as chartering worldwide, however my racing experience is limited to the occasional Cowes week participation and skippering in Corporate regattas.

Offshore Skipper

John Buckley

A former long-ish distance cruising and racing crew /skipper from the days before sat-nav! Now resuming more sailing; usually at a more gentle pace.

Married. Two adult daughters.

Offshore Skipper

Colin Field

Offshore Skipper

John Halliday

I started sailing as occasional crew on keel-boat races out of Cowes and Chichester Harbour, then supported two children on five successive dinghies.  After that I decided it was my turn and bought a Swift 23 bilge-keel yacht that I kept for three years on a swinging mooring in the Bosham Channel.

I was introduced to PYC in 2008 by founder member Jonathan Gillams, and decided that joining the club made much more sense than owning my own boat.  Through the club’s excellent training provision I’ve since progressed to Yachtmaster and Club Offshore Skipper.

As a retired engineer I’m an informal member of the bosunry team, supporting the boat electrics and electronics, but will turn my hand to any jobs needing doing on the boat.  I was part of the commissioning team when we bought RelaX in Denmark, and sailed the first leg back to Holland.

I’ve logged more than 9,000M, much of it with the Club in the British Isles, France and the Netherlands, and also sailed on flotillas, yacht charters and friends’ boats in Scotland,  the Baltic, Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

I’ve participated twice in the RTI and done a couple of cross-channel RORC races.  When cruising I like to plan an efficient passage making best use of wind and tide.  If joined by my wife Alice – mainly a fair weather sailor – our outings are likely to be gentle with a focus on lovely coastal scenery and overnight stops, sometimes combined with a country walk ashore.

My current preoccupation is trying to hone my sail trimming skills – especially on RelaX.  I’m very happy to step back and help other members gain experience of passage planning and boat handling, and very willing to act as mate or crew to other club skippers.

Offshore Skipper

Robert Homan

Offshore Skipper

Robert Lewcock

I was first cast adrift in a rowing boat in the North Sea in the 1950s; during the 1960s I sailed dinghies on the Deben. I joined the RN in 1968, gaining a day skipper ticket during training. I was awarded my Ocean Navigation certificate and appointed navigator of a frigate. I also commanded a FPB  in the South China Sea. My nautical activities now focus on leisure sailing within PYC where I qualified as a RYA Yachtmaster Offshore.

Offshore Skipper

Tom Lynch

My passion for all forms of watersports started as a youth in the Sea Cadets and has continued to this day. Over the years I have windsurfed, water skied, sailed and instructed in dinghies, been a qualified powerboat, water ski boat and safety boat driver and most recently an offshore yachtmaster. In the early days with PYC I had a share in a yacht and mainly used the club to progress through my qualifications via the excellent coastal and offshore YM courses. However, since selling our yacht, PYC has become my yachting home. My sailing genes are definitely more cruiser than racer and I have regularly skippered summer cruise weeks and organised many trips outside the Solent to France, the West Country, the Channel Islands and also skippered the delivery trip for Relax from the Baltic to Haslar. I enjoy helping people develop their sailing skills during my trips and especially with providing mentored skippering opportunities for YM Offshore qualifying passages. I am also currently a PYC skipper assessor and I am happy to help mentor aspiring club skippers and provide informal opportunities to develop your skills during my trips. I also enjoy cooking and tend to prefer having nice evening meals on board which, in addition to generally being as good or better than those ashore, also significantly reduces the costs of the trips for crews. I now only work part time, self employed so I am generally available during the week if the boats are free and you need a skipper or some help – just get in touch.

Offshore Skipper

Laurent Morlet

Been sailing since I was a child.
Windsurfing and Hobbie cat competitor in my youth.
Windsurfing and dinghy instructor in France together with offshore licence.
Yacht racing as a student.
Sailing with me will be an opportunity to upskill if you are up for it. you can take own a skipper role with a safety net

Offshore Skipper

Ted Sankey

I’ve cruised and skippered with Phoenix as far afield as the Rias in Spain, the Danish archipelago, the Western Med, Brittany and around our shores. I’ve skippered our boats in Solent races for a number of years, and in a RORC race to St Malo and return. As crew I’ve twice entered the Fastnet and a number of RORC races. As skipper or crew, I’ve done over 10,000 nm. I am an offshore skipper in the Club.

My sailing would be limited to the Solent and the adjacent south coast spending nights in UK ports/marinas, for family reasons.

Offshore Skipper

John Shield

Offshore Skipper

Tony Riley

40+ years sailing – cruising and racing. RYA Cruising Instructor. Commercially endorsed RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore