I got the boating bug when I was still at school, sailing dinghies in Chichester. When I first came to the Southampton area (for my first job) I took the equivalent of RYA day skipper (practical and theory) and Yachtmaster theory . I continued on and off with windsurfers, dinghies, powerboats and keel boats. For the last decade I’ve been able to develop a more structured approach with yachts and motor cruisers. I joined PYC in the spring of 2018 and did my RYA Coastal Skipper and club skipper appraisal in May 2019. I prefer shorter trips which therefore tend to be in the Solent. There is nothing better than being at anchor in a Solent harbour having lunch on board in the sunshine. I also enjoy practising manoeuvres.