The Channel Islands are an incredible collection of rocks sticking out of the sea and it’s around these beautiful islands that I get to play boats.
Being on the water is in my blood. My grandfather and father both had motorboats which they kept in Christchurch, Dorset. My mother sailed Flying Fourteens out of Hayling Island in Hampshire and whilst I was at school I learned to sail dinghies. When I left home and started work my time on the water took a bit of a back seat but in 1998 I moved to the south coast of England to begin a career in boating. Firstly, with Hamble School of Yachting, gaining my Yachtmaster Sail in 2000 and then, after transitioning to power, I joined Sealine International Limited to be the company captain and Principal of Sealine Sea School.
In 2013 I moved to Jersey in the Channel Islands and started working on a freelance basis, mostly delivering and teaching for Sunseeker Channel Islands. I also spent one fabulous year in Italy running an 80 footer for a private owner.
In 2016, I hung up whatever it is ex-leisure-boat captains hang up and I’m working in an air-conditioned office now. Nine to five with weekends and bank holidays off. No more jetting around the world jumping on and off luxury motor cruisers. No more living the life of Reilly. These days, I go boating as a leisure pursuit, not for work, not because I have to but because I want to. As well as actually going out on boats, I also still enjoy chronicling my time at sea and passing on my ‘Skipper’s Tips’. So, if you are at all interested in boats and boating, sign up for a link to the blog and every time I post something new a notification will pop up in your inbox – you never know, you might come across something interesting.
Whichever way you go boating, be it sail or power, make sure you have fun and stay safe.
Here’s a link to my Captain Corbett’s Adventures see what I get up to, both on and off the water.
Thank you for taking the time to read what I have to say.
P.S. The meek may inherit the Earth but the brave will get the oceans!