solentyachtsman - Profile

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Surrey, United Kingdom
Location 2:
Byfleet, UK
Here for:
Friendship, Crew 
About Me:

I am mad about sailing; I have sailed & raced both dinghies and yachts all of my life (and hopefully will be sailing when I kick the bucket).
Being a bachelor I enjoy sailing with friends and guests on my yacht. To sail off into the sunset and leave the hassle of life behind is the best way to un-wind.
With many years on the water, both racing and cruising, I have the knowledge and confidence to sail without the need to scream and shout. I have been described as "confident and laid back". Cruising is all about having fun, with good food and good company. Racing is just as much fun but with more concentration more sail trimming and less food until after the race.

I welcome everyone from novice to Ocean Yachtmaster onto my boat, Quickstep, she, is well equipped, with the latest DSC radio, AIS ship tracking devices and a multiscreen display in the cockpit , At 30 foot she can sleep 6 (in two cabins and in saloon) but more comfortable with only 4 and a joy to sail. This year I have fitter new sails, the best sail technology North Sail NorDac 3Di sails.

If you have read this far and would like to sail with me, let me know, also have a chat with any of my friends and ask about me and my sailing style.
I am based in Gosport Marina on the south coast, with easy access to the Solent and mostly sail into the Solent for the day or a weekend.
When I am not sailing I enjoy my garden and having dinner parties. I go to the theatre 3 or 4 times a year, usually a “who dun it” Walking along the coast or by a river is second only to sailing.
I am a member of both Papercourt Sailing Club, a dinghy sailing club based on a gravel pit just north of Guildford, Surrey and the Guildford Coastal Cruising Club. I race my Solo dinghy during the winter and cruise in the summer.

With the my boat based at Gosport on the South Coast of England I hope to get more use out of Quickstep, Apart from the odd race with the guys, I mostly enjoy sailing around the Solent, sampling the good local food in places like Cowes, Yarmouth, Poole. However sailing on your own is a little lonely. I enjoy sharing my boat and sailing off into the sunset.

Sailing Experience:

Having grown up on an Island in the middle of the River Thames, I have been on boats all of my life , and occasionally fallen out of them into the water. Both Grandparents had boats and there was always boats at the bottom of the garden. I started racing dinghies at the age of 6 years old, the same year I sank my first boat. (Another story).
During my teens and beyond I raced dinghies all around the UK, Racing dinghies included:- International 14's, 5o5's, Flying Fifteen's, Larks, Scorpion's, National 12's, Solo's, British Moth's. I still race a Solo at my local club during the winter.
I purchased my yacht in 2000 and have sailed her on most of the south coast of the England, plus Normandy in France, bits of the west French coast and the Channel Islands. This year I am planning a 6 week cruise to the Isles of Silly. I do a little racing, including the Round the Island race, best result in the ISC division 11th out of 782 in 2015 Now I mostly cruise.
I have also chartered yachts in Greece, Croatia, around the Isles of Scotland and Canaries.

Sailing Qualfications:

RYA Offshore Yachtmaster, with Sea-survival, First Aid, Firefighting and personal survival endorsements, plus Ocean Yachtmaster Theory.
Power boat level 2, VHF Radio licence

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Home and family
Management & Finance (retired early)
Body type:
A Little Plump 
5'8" - 5'11" (171 - 180cm) 
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Only a few more days before Quickstep is launched. She is all ready to have her rudder replaced, having changed the bearings. Antifouling all done and hull polished. Topside will need a clean and polish and the sails bent. Down below, the engine is all serviced and the new salon upholstery looks gre…

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My boat, Quickstep is out of the water. The process of rubbing down the old antifouling is a cold and messy job, but worth doing to keep the hull clean, smooth & fast. Other jobs include compounding the hull with anti UV polish, Cleaning inside and out, replacing old and broken fittings etc &…