I was born in England and immigrated to the USA in 1988. I am a US citizen.
My first career was High School Math Teacher, which I did for fifteen years. I have a bachelor degree in mathematics from the University of Milton Keynes in England.
I spent nine years teaching math to soldiers in the British Army Corp of Engineers. It was during this time that I first sailed large boats off the south coast of England. I also realized that I would never own my own boat on a teachers’ pay. I obtained a masters degree in management from the University of Kent, England, to help me transition to the corporate world.
After coming to the USA and obtaining the coveted green card, I became a stockbroker. I pursued this career for twenty years, first at Smith Barney and then at Raymond James.
In 2011 I retired with the dream of sailing around the world. My first trip was bringing my Caliber 40 LRC from North Carolina where I bought it, to Miami, in January. On this trip I learned the value of an enclosed cockpit!
When the weather got warmer, I sailed up the east coast as far as Belfast, Maine. On my return trip, I got caught in a gale off the Jersey coast. Here I learnt my second lesson, weather systems do not conform to NOAA timelines!
In 2013 I sailed up the east coast to Saint John, New Brunswick. It was here that I experienced reversing falls. Third lesson: you should only traverse reversing falls at slack water!
It was then that my wife decided that she did not like cruising or me leaving her alone for six months. My dream faded into the ether.
I became a yacht broker in 2014 to get out of going shopping, a love of boats and talking about them.
I am a USCG OUPV captain.