This is just to introduce myself as a new member
of the forum. I am a UK based retired British Airways B747 captain
living in Port Solent marina. I have 48,000 nms logged and hold a UK Ocean Yachtmaster for power and sail with a lapsed Yachtmaster Instructor endorsement. My sailing areas include the Southern Ocean rounding Cape Horn, Australia
, NZ, Brazil
, North Atlantic, Eastern US Seaboard, Eastern Med, and Western Europe
In 1996/7 I crewed on "Time and Tide" in the BT Global Challenge - a race
around the world against the prevailing winds. "T&T" was unique as the entire crew were either disabled or had survived a life threatening illness. Our book is called "On Equal Terms". Crewmate Paul Burns, an amputee who survived the Warrenpoint Massacre, has recently published his life story "A Fighting Spirit"
In 2000, along with the late David Sinnet-Jones, I re-enacted the voyage of Joshua Slocum's "Liberdade" and sailed her single
handed from Antigua
to Norfolk, Virginia. David's life story is the book "Passion For Life".
I have recently sold my Cheoy Lee
but am a shareholder in a yacht syndicate with three yachts based here in Port Solent. Tops'l Sailing Club - Solent
I look forward to sharing the knowledge of members of the forum.