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.