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Skipper and Club Commodore.

 

I have always loved being on the water. I started sailing dinghies as a wee lad and progressed on to yachts as a teenager sailing wherever and whenever possible. I spent a couple of gap years working charter yachts around the Eastern seaboard of the States, through the Bahamas to the Caribbean and across the 'pond' to the Mediterranean.   RYA Yacht Master since 1998. I came back to get a 'real job' but sailing as often as possible. I joined Brighton Belle Sailing Club 2009.  The club has been a brilliant route for me to sail on a beautiful yacht with friends.

So many coastlines and so little time! 

 

 

After many years experience as a yacht delivery skipper, I joined  the Club shortly after it was formed. Instead of "bashing" along to maintain a schedule, it is nice to be able to relax and enjoy good company. I believe that sailing Brighton Belle is "cruising" as it should be, visiting new places and meeting new people. I enjoy the thrill of sailing a lovely yacht in a seamanlike manner and arriving in new, previously unexplored anchorages and harbours. Whether eating ashore or on board, exploring unknown areas or simply relaxing, the important thing is to enjoy each other's company.

Since "dingy sailing in Greece" many years ago I have always come back from sailing thinking "I really really enjoyed that"!  Then a friend of mine took me out on the Solent in a Spring.  This set me on a path:  Competent Crew, crossing the North Sea, Day Skipper, chartering B36/37s for weekends with friends, Oban-Orkney-Losiemouth.   It was always a struggle to find crew for the B36/37 weekends and like minded people for adventurous sailing so I looked around and found the BBYC syndicate.  Problem solved! Perfect!

Oh! and here is a test for you! Why is my profile picture at 45 degrees?  (a) Stewart was skipper and had every piece of sail up in an F7.  (b) Debra our resident professional photographer took the photo (c) too much fun the night before at the marina bar...

I heard about Brighton Belle from a fellow member of Brighton Marina Yacht Club and signed up for a day sail in January 2014.....unfortunately it was blowing a hooley that day so we didn't go out but I met a great bunch of people and had a nice lunch on a beautiful (moored!) yacht. I joined straightaway. I got my day sail a few weeks later, had a lovely day and booked for a week sailing from Crosshaven in Ireland to Plymouth via the Isles of Scilly, Falmouth and Fowey. Brilliant sailing, with very varied conditions, dolphins, and a whale!

Started sailing when a lot younger, had a bit of a gap doing other things until recently.  Done a mix of sailing, from a square rigger to dinghys, atlantic, med and brighton. Have lots to learn but getting real experience sailing with Brighton Belle and learning from the many skilled and helpful members.  Its all great fun on a lovely yacht.

I have been sailing most of my life, combining round-the-cans and offshore racing with more relaxed cruising. I've completed two transatlantic crossings and a Round Britain & Ireland Race, as well as some delivery work. I joined Brighton Belle Sailing Club in 2009 and have been an active member since then.

I am one of the mates and a committee member, acting as Membership Secretary.

Joined Brighton Belle in 2015, attracted by its adventurous cruising programme and the opportunity to sail in style while sharing the responsibilities and costs.

I started sailing in dinghies, first learning the ropes in any boat I could get my hands on, then racing in Fireballs. I later turned to yachts and worked my way up through crewing in club racing, getting qualified (RYA Coastal Skipper), skippering my own yacht in inshore races and cruising, skippering bareboat charters abroad and in the West Highlands, crewing for deliveries etc.

 

 

 

I love sailing in all its forms and look forward to extending my experience still further with Brighton Belle.

I have thrived on adventure and the outdoors since an early age and learned to sail on the river Thames in a 'Cadet' dinghy. As an adult I have enjoyed mountaineering, mountain biking and wilderness adventures of all sorts in addition to sailing. I have a commercially endorsed Yachtmaster - and have been lucky enough to work on some very splendid vessels accumulating many marvellous memories and a sea mile or two. Parenting has meant only intermittent sailing for the last 12 years but BB is proving a great way back.

I bought my first boat in Sydney in 1989 and with my dinghy sailing experience, explored Sydney waters in my Top Hat 27 for the next 11 years before selling her. I have been delighted by the opportunities and experience since joining the Brighton Belle Sailing Club and have had four wonderful seasons coastal cruising, the last three as mate, and building on my experience.

As a new skipper this season (2015), I am building my sea miles and experience of skippering this larger yacht and will be having an experienced skipper (George and Bob) as my mate on each cruise in the 2015 season. This will enable me to offer fun, adventurous and pleasurable cruises, while building on my seamanship, the first week along the south west coast from Cork, and the second week from Cork back to Plymouth, via the Isles of Scilly.

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Having started sailing dinghy as a youth I graduated to crewing 36ft cruisers in the competative tidal waters of the Blackwater. Later racing fast Catermarans and joining the national curcuit with some success learning much about sail trim and racing tactics. A chance conversation with an existing member and skipper Phil Ford introduced me to Brighton Belle and one sail was all it took to keep me coming back. I have been encouraged to learn and develop and now am a Skipper and joining the Clipper Ocean Race for 20,000 nautical miles and 3 oceans next year.

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A newish member - I joined BBSC in 2015 - an ancient mariner keen to ‘go down to the sea again’ after 10 years ashore.  I was welcomed as a new member by a professional team.  I’m  proud to be part owner of a superb sailing vessel,  and I am very much looking forward to participating in a varied sailing programme  ….. without the headaches of solo ownership!  

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Interested in sailing for about 20 years and have sailed on Brighton Belle since the Club was formed.  Like visiting new places and exploring their restaurants.

Have been known to assist with the boat electronics, with varying degrees of success.

Still trying to understand how to trim the sails.

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I started sailing just over 20 years ago with a friend, in the Solent, who owned a 34ft Moody. I fell in love with the activity from the first day and over the next two years took the necessary RYA qualifications to skipper a yacht myself.

I then spent the next 15 years chartering 'Bare Boat' all over the world including the UK, Mediterranean, Caribbean and Australia, mostly with my family, but also with groups of friends. Towards the end of this period, I started seriously looking at purchasing my own yacht, but for various reasons never got the final purchase.

When I heard about Brighton Belle, to me it was the ideal solution, a beautiful yacht, renowned for its open water cruising abilities, and even more important, the chance to join and learn from a group of like-minded sailing enthusiasts - the experience so far has lived up to my expectations. The highlight so far was skippering her last year from Plymouth to north west Spain across the notorious Bay of Biscay, which on this occasion gave exactly the right balance between exciting sailing without ever becoming a white knuckle ride. I have now accrued just over 5,000 sea miles, and when skippering I try to get a balance between testing and exciting passages while at the same time making sure we also relax and enjoy ourselves at local hostelries and isolated anchorages.

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