I first stepped foot in a Wayfarer dinghy on the Norfolk Broads as a teenager – and was hooked.
After sailing dinghies on the Thames and Medway, I stated sailing yachts in 1978. I have completed a number of RYA training courses and hold the RYA Coastal Skipper Qualification, current First Aid and VHF-DSC among others.
On joining BP in 1985, I became a member of the BP Yacht Club and acted as Secretary to the Management Committee for a period. I became a club coastal skipper.
I was a founder member of Phoenix Yacht Club.
Looking at my logbooks, I have sailed over 11,000 miles, and while much of this has been on the south coast, I have also sailed in Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, Denmark and Sweden.
I am a member of the RYA and also the Bristol Sailing Association (BSA).
I qualified as a Chartered Civil Engineer and have worked in local government (Greater London Council), the oil industry (BP) and consulting engineering (Halcrow, CH2M Hill and Jacobs). In the latter stages of my career, I was involved in port engineering and port planning.
Now that I have retired, I have much more free time to go sailing and also to help with the running of the club. I would like to give something back to the club and feel that my skills and experience will help ensure that the club provides sailing opportunities for everyone.