Sailing

Sailing has been a hugely important part of my life since I discovered a love for it in my early twenties. They say it runs in the blood - my family, on my mother's side, were fishermen and lifeboatmen on the Yorkshire coast.

I started with a tiny 17 footer, bravely taking her across the Thames Estuary and onwards to Holland, and now I have a 38 foot cutter, Wild Song, which took me to Cape Horn and back on a largely singlehanded sailing adventure of a lifetime - see Books 'One Wild Song'

Although a cruising sailor, I joined the Azores and Back Race in 2003 which gave me an appetite for ocean sailing and led to my taking part in the Singlehanded Transatlantic Race in 2005 -  nearly 3,000 miles in 32 days alone.

Apart from my books, I have a regular column in Sailing Today magazine.

I am deeply proud to be the Commodore of the Royal Cruising Club, and a Younger Brother, Trinity House.

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Anchored at the foot of

the Patagonian glaciers

'Wild Song' approaches Staten Island on the southern tip of South America

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'Wild Song' heading down to Cape Horn

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'Ayesha' crosses the start line of the 2005 OSTAR. Read about it in 'Last Man Across the Atlantic'