What can you see outside your window?
For those that haven’t guessed already, I live on a yacht! Plus, this is just in the marina, when I go on passage it gets even more scenic!
What’s the best thing about having a boat for a home?
I love having the freedom and flexibility to go sailing and exploring pretty much whenever I want! No packing for holidays or weekends away! I actually find the passage planning quite exciting!
Other benefits include; Al fresco dining on deck in the summer, chilling in the hammock and also the friendly and helpfulness of marina staff and other live-aboards! All these things make marina life very relaxing and enjoyable!
You’re heading up Rockley’s environmental initiative - what’s your motivation for this?
Previous to joining Rockley I was lucky enough to be involved in eXXpedition Carribbean 2017, a mission aboard S/V Sea Dragon to make the unseen seen- from plastics and toxics in the Oceans to those in our own bodies. This involved hopping between Islands, sampling waters, surveying waste and doing local outreach. I was staggered to discover just how much plastic rubbish there was both in the Ocean and on beaches and the harmful effect this is having on our planet. This voyage opened my eyes to the scale of the problem. Globally, we are producing nearly 300 million tonnes of plastic every year and of that, it is estimated that up to 13 million tonnes of plastic leaks into the global marine environment annually. This has adverse implications for wildlife, the economy and human health.
You clearly love the water – if you could sail anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?
I would love to go back to the Caribbean- Tobago Cays was a personal highlight (see attached photo), jumping into warm water, swimming with turtles and BBQing on sandy beaches is hard to beat!
However, there are still loads of places I want to explore- New Zealand, Australia, The Philippines and Mediterranean to name a few! My absolute favourite place that I have sailed to so far is not actually too far from home- The Isle of Sark. The smallest of the four main Channel Islands, Sark is located 80 miles from the South Coast of England. I found this place to be truly magical. The Island is completely car and street light free- meaning you travel by horse and cart or human propulsion, plus the star gazing is amazing! Sailing there was stunning, and the cruising ground is both interesting and challenging, with strong tidal races and plenty of hidden rocks to watch out for! A summer cruise to Sark is high on the agenda!