Boaters Meeting – Wednesday 20th March – Confessions of a Yatcht Master – Tom Cunliffe

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Tom Cunliffe returns to Bromsgrove Boaters to give us more of his sailing experiences, wisdom, and humour.

Tom started sailing back in 1961 when his Dad shoved him and a pal off on the Norfolk Broads in a 22-foot gaff sloop with no engine. That way you either learn fast or come to grief. He was fourteen and was lucky. Since those days he’s sailed most things –  from Firefly dinghies at University to big gaff schooners. He’s been Mate on a coasting merchant ship and run yachts for gentlemen, operated charter boats, delivered all sorts of vessels, raced at quite high levels and taught sailing, becoming a Yachtmaster Examiner in 1978.

With his wife Ros and he has sailed all over the Atlantic, from southern Brazil to Iceland and from the Caribbean to Russia, with a number of trips to the US and Canada thrown in.

Tom is a writer (“The Complete Day Skipper”, “The Complete Ocean Skipper”, “Shell Channel Pilot” and many more), journalist (“Yachting Monthly” and others), broadcaster (“The Boats that Built Britain”, “Island Race” and more), and a keen motor-biker but, most of all he is – and always has been – a fanatical yachtsman.

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