How did you first start sailing with OYT Scotland
I joined an Aberdeen Shore Group sailing weekend aboard Alba Venturer in September 2005 after my son had been on a voyage with his school. I had been looking for a sail training organisation to volunteer with, and OYT Scotland impressed me. I have been volunteering as sea staff since then.
What’s your favourite OYT Scotland memory?
The tenacity of the crew on the 2009 voyage back from Iceland via the Faroes. Alba Explorer was close hauled into a force 7 most of the way, the crew were seasick and only eight in number, but they supported one another and were cheerful throughout.
What is your job outside of OYT Scotland and what particular set of skills do you bring to the organisation?
I was a geophysical consultant, latterly running my own company, but I am now retired. Apart from the geophysical work, I was involved in many internal company activities, including management systems and safety. I also have experience as a diving instructor, a Scout and Explorer Leader and Commissioner, and a Mountain Leader. I am a volunteer Skipper and an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor.
Why do you enjoy being on the board of OYT Scotland?
I have the chance to represent the volunteers within the Trust, particularly those from northeast Scotland, and to help steer the Trust to continue its work with young people of all abilities.
What are your hobbies apart from sailing with OYT Scotland?
Anything to do with mountains or the sea, especially if it also involves introducing new people to these sports. Now days I maintain and sail an old wooden boat, and walk in the mountains.
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