Although a Chartered Accountant by profession, I have sailed since I was 7 and always loved sailing and the sea. It is in my blood!
After working for many years in the City of London in the 1970s I guess I was a bit bored. OK, so the money was good, very good, but I needed some adventure in my life. Then, in the early part of 1977, I saw an advert in the Times asking for volunteers to crew Great Britain II in a sailing race around the world via Cape Horn. I was hooked.
Along with 15 others I enrolled for the adventure. We each paid £4,000 towards the cost of entering the huge yacht ‘Great Britain II’ into the second Whitbread Round the World Race.
This is my story of that race.
About my Talk...
ILLUSTRATED OR UNILLUSTRATED?
I talk on the amusing, terrifying and sometimes outrageous activities that accompany such endeavours. I can provide an evening of illustrated entertainment, for which some clubs and societies charge an attendance fee. I can also deliver an unillustrated (Stand Alone) after luncheon or dinner talk.
A lunchtime unillustrated talk lasts about 45 minutes and an illustrated evening talk, with a short break, about 1 hour plus.
I can adjust the length and format (possible break) of my talk to suit your specific requirements.
Sometimes a planned event is threatened by the unavailability of a speaker. I have some experience of stepping in at the last moment to fill such a void. Try me.
My fee is normally £200 for a full evening of illustrated entertainment, plus travel expenses if over 20 miles distant from Godalming, where I live. If the venue involves more than 100 miles travel(each way) then I would probably require hotel accommodation.
I can assist with some promotional material where you might want to advertise the talk as part of a fund-raising exercise.
I can be flexible on fees where special situations apply. It is always worth asking.