- Sep 4, 2020
- Profile Information
- Worksop, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
- Here for:
- Dating, Friendship, Crew
- About Me:
I sailed in the Army and crewed on the Royal Artillery yachts. In 1986, when a soldier, a German truck collected me and my Gsx1100. I lost the bike and both legs below the knee.
In those days you were considered really lucky if you could get to your local for a pint. I fought this.
I climbed Faith, Hope, and Charity in North Wales, even before I could really walk. At Hadley Court Army rehab, I became the first double amputee in the Army to run. At the first English amputee games, I won seven medals breaking several records. I also became the first British double amputee to run a mile.
I eventually No. 2 amputee climber in the world, climbs including Half Dome in the USA, before old age set in. In 1993 I climbed Mt Blanc, since then I've done many amputee first ascents around the world.
I rediscovered sailing with BLESMA, the limbless veterans, and found I could compete on almost equal terms with able-bodied and completed an RYA YM course. I bought my own boat, a McGregor 26x and sailed single handed to Gibraltar and back, I skipped a Sun Sail 36' in the Little Briton cup coming 1st in class and 3rd overall out of 210 yachts. I worked all over the world for some years, mostly Africa but I was on Montserrat when the volcano went off.
I returned to the UK sold the 26x, and started sailing, skiing and climbing though BLESMA. We sail in the Ionian Islands and do the end of season regatta; I have a second out of 176 in class 2, a 9th out of 64 in 6-7 wind in class 2. And in 2018 I came 10 out of 82 in class 1.
I'm very lucky with my pensions that I can afford my own yacht. I have bought a 2003 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 43 DS in Preveza Greece.
Last year I walked the Pennine way and year before climber Mt Elbert in USA
In April I will set off for 8-10 year adventure around the world. I am making the yacht available to all NATO and Australia and NZ Veterans and their families, everyone really, to come on sailing holidays on Tigger.
- Sailing Experience:
I have logged about 43k but stopped logging more than ten years ago, so have sailed over 50k nm I guess. Mostly from UK or in the Med. But I used to sail out of Vancover and have sailed from there to Alaska several times and around the Vancover Island four times.
- Sailing Qualifications:
- Nautical Miles Logged:
- Stopped logging at 43k
- Retired civil engineer and surveyor
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I'm Tim a double below-knee (1986) Army Veteran. I'm a retiring highway engineer and surveyor going on an adventure, starting April 2021, sailing around the world, exploring many countries and Islands, and hiking up mountains on the way. The plan is to get to Australia in November 2024. I…
- Nov 1, 2019