30 December 1974
I grew up in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, so sailing is almost in the genes but was certainly a major part of school education. I raced dinghies from 10 years old, keel boats from 13 and started cruising in my late teens. Got a few bits of paper to prove that and have even taught some land-lubbers how to do it! That said, I consider hours on the water more important.