My dad was a lecturer in Seamanship at Leith Nautical College so I grew up around boats. However, I didn’t really get interested in sailing until my early 20s when dad and I built our own boat a “Smallcraft Seafairer 21” at a small boatyard in Bo’ness on the Firth of Forth where we sailed her for a number of years.
I did some dinghy sailing when I was at university and I worked in outdoor education for a number of years and sailed dinghies at numerous Outdoor Centres across Scotland. I sailed for a long time with a good friend Ron who kept his boat, Capella, at Port Edgar on the Firth of Forth and we sailed her up , down and round the coast of Scotland. You can read about his beautiful gaff rig cutter and some of our adventures here.
In a previous life I was a Primary School teacher and I was lucky enough to be offered and took early retirement and one of the first thing I did was buy my own boat! I love taking friends and family out on Jess and we have some of the most spectacular and exciting sailing in Scotland. Each year my friend Alan and I set off on an extended trip towards the end of the season.
I live in Edinburgh, always have done – well, except for a few years when I was forced to live in Livingston during the early part of my teaching career – and couldn’t be happier. It’s a beautiful, exciting city and I love wandering about, still finding places new to me.
Aside from sailing and wandering the streets of Edinburgh, I nearly always have a camera with me when I’m out and about or away sailing on Jess, and have a keen interest in all things to do with photography. My other passion is music and I play guitar, ukulele, cajón (badly) and keyboard using one finger and note stickers on each key and recently bought a mandolin. There’s always a ukulele or guitar on board Jess.
I write another blog – if you are interested in seeing more of my photography or reading about some of the great walks and pubs around Edinburgh as well as my other holiday and Guitar Retreat adventures.
I’m always up for a chat – drop me an email.