After many years without a boat I've decided to purchase
a Contessa 32 this year, a boat I have experience of sailing under someone else's ownership
. I plan to cross the Atlantic solo within 3 years and hence the Contessa purchase
this year in preparation.
I come from a background of sail making and boat building. Starting out as a youth building hand glider and paraglider sails
and then moving onto Fibre glass boat building along with some carbon fibre until I reverted back to sail making, except this time for the yachting industry which lasted 8 years until I returned to boat building.
I then suffered a spinal injury which took two years 2 operations and 7 procedures to recover from and once recovered I became the manager of a very popular yacht chandlers, where I am today.
I live on the UK's south coast and have sailed many day boats, many Cowes week events
and a limited amount of cross channel passages to Alderney and France
. Now in my mid 40's I'd like to accomplish the one dream I've had ever since first making a cross channel passage
25 years ago, to make a solo passage
across the big pond.
Hopefully I can be of some help to the forums
. Sail making is my strongest asset and passion and where I'm always available for advice. My sail making tutor was the sail maker to Sir Robin Knox Johnson aboard 'Condor' in the 1977 Whitbread round world race
, Paul Newell.