The Crew

Costa Blanca Sailing - The Crew
  • First books I remember reading and loving “Swallows and Amazons”. Probably 1959.
  • Spent most of my summer holidays  (1956 – 1960) on the Clyde, not just watching the ships go by, but going fishing behind the Holy Island, Lamlash, every night, with my father in a rowing boat. We caught a lot of stuff.
  • 1967 – Norfolk Broads. Long weekend. A little wooden gaff rigged vessel. Perfect. I was now a confirmed addict.
  • 1967 – 1972. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. BSc Hons. Bioscience.
  • 1967 – 1972. Dinghy sailing lessons in Oban, buy Zenith class racing dinghy (superb boat) and become good!
  • 1973. Built a Colvic 27 with 2 friends and sailed this vessel for the next 3 years on the Clyde. Also became a science teacher. Chemistry, physics and biology.
  • 1987. Move to Germany. Take up windsurfing but also began to charter 10 – 12 metre boats in France and USA during holidays.  Now teaching in International Schools.
  • 2003.  Move to Alicante.  Buy Gib Sea 43.
  • 2005. Cruising Instructor qualification followed by Yachtmaster Instructor qualification.
  • 2006. The beginning of Costa Blanca Sailing RYA Training Centre.
  • 2006 – 2011. Qualifications in teaching First Aid, VHF, Radar, Diesel Engine. Without a science background, I reckon it would be pretty difficult to be at ease with a comprehensive understanding of these subjects.

OTHER STUFF

  • Speak English, French, German and Spanish.
  • Play high level tennis – only one tennis racquet away from Andy Murray.
  • Play rock and roll & blues guitar live in Alicante.
  • J’aime faire la haute cuisine.
  • I read history books for pleasure!
Costa Blanca Sailing - The Crew

Mike loves sailing in the sunny climes of the Med. Since discovering how beautiful the sailing is over here, Mike has covered over 15,000 nautical miles sailing the Spanish Costas, Gibraltar and the Algarve, with trips to Lisbon, Morocco, the Balearics, Sardinia and Sicily thrown in for good measure!

Mike is an excellent instructor and our students always comment on his relaxed and patient manner. “I take great pleasure from seeing complete beginners being able to skipper a sail boat, and it’s great that so many of our students come back to further their training” says Mike.
If you want to keep Mike happy whilst you’re on board, just make sure he gets plenty of tea and biscuits – the two things he won’t set sail without!

THEY SAY

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