Steve loves sailing. It all began quite by accident back in 1996 in Weymouth, when he went sailing on a 17’ Lysander with a friend who didn’t have a car with a towbar on his car………..but Steve did, and he was instantly hooked!
After a second sailing trip across Portland Harbour a week after the first, he bought the first boat that he saw for sale. Then shortly afterwards in February 1998 he went on a trip around the infamous Fastnet Rock on an ex BT Global Challenge 67′. He was so inspired by that trip which was his first venture offshore, first time on a big boat, first experience of bad weather, and his first encounter with professional sailors, he knew instantly that he had found his calling and vowed there and then to sail professionally and to compete in the Vendée Globe.
It was a truly life changing experience. He handed in his notice with his job restoring classic cars and went to work in a local boatyard, and set immediately set about getting as much practical experience as possible and all of his RYA qualifications.
Because he only started sailing in 1996, it has been a steep learning curve. He initially ran the rigging and repairs side of a small boatyard before working for legendary sailor Pete Goss on the Team Philips project. In 2001 he went to work for Chay Blyth’s Challenge Business, where he was charged with training skippers and crews planning on competing in the Global Challenge. During his time with Challenge Steve sailed over 100,000 miles including 25 roundings of the Fastnet Rock.
During his time with Pete and Chay Steve learnt more than just seamanship. He learnt what it takes to run a successful campaign from the best in the business.