Tony owes his love of the sea and water activities to his mother. She encouraged him to join the 40th Strood Sea Scouts where he was taught to sail by Derek. This passion lead to a weekend away with the Marine Society (Who he now works with) on the Training Ship; Jonas Hanway.
Those childhood and teenage experiences captured a life time of imaging of distant horizons, adventures at sea, collaborations with the RNLI, The Royal Navy, Greenpeace and the Jubilee Trust.
Tony has sailed the Atlantic, voyaged to the northern most waters and around the coastal rivers of the UK.
Tony is currently in the planning stages for his next command, a Bruce Roberts 36(a) Spray Class adventure sailing vessel.
She will be designed with three principles: 1) To be sailable by Tony with his disabilities with or without a crew. 2) A family sailing vessel to allow Tony & Chris' children to learn to sail. and 3) For monitoring and work supporting the conservation of Sea and coastal birdlife.
More details will follow as plans develop.
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An old Thames Sailing Bailey built between 1790 & 1805 she worked the Thames Estuary and the East Coast before a major re-build in Maldon, Essex in the early 1960 between the 'Admiral William' and famed boat writer John Leather. She was restored once again around 2014, before Tony purchased her in 2015. Sadly due to the pandemic he had to let her go, but the ship and name remain an inspiration for his next ship.
Originally called 'Glendys' and remained at the suggestion of the skipper of the LV21 Lightship, Paivi, to Jakhaahu, the Finnish word for Polar Bear.
Tony refitted the vessel to offshore voyaging and sailed her along the east coasts of the UK, across to Netherlands and Norway.
The big, steel, heavy ice-breaking yacht designed and built in Upon, Kent. She was refitted in 2010-2013 for voyaging in the Arctic Ocean and worked as a fundraising vessel and youth sailing vessel.
A 30ft wooden gaff rig boat based on an enlarged Folkboat design. Raven was sailed up as far as Svalbard. She was refitted afterwards as a
A 25ft folkboat. Tony owned her between 2006 and 2009 when he sold her on to new owners.
Shoestring was very much a loved vessel, forgiving undersail and reassuringly stable. Tony sailed her around the Irish Sea, Celtic Sea, Atlantic, West coats of England and even once down to the Azores.
Friends! That's what voyaging is about. Even though Tony values his time on solosailing, sailing in the company of fellow shipmates and sail enthusiasts are some of the happiest memories we can form. His trusty dog Teacup has accompanied him on many voyages (when it is safe) and is known across many harbours as a friend.
Together we will create joy for humanity.
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