About Me!

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Me in 1968



Off Spain in the Atlantic Ocean 1998

Atlantic Crossing 1998


Birthday Boy Aitutaki, Cook Islands 1999




 
A happy couple in New Zealand 2000



Vanuatu 2000





Me in the Red Sea 2002




 
Port Said 2002



On the shores of Lake Nasser, Egypt 2002



Just before this picture was taken I had been thrown off this camel and broke a rib!


2004


Christmas Cheer 2007



I was born in Hützel, Bispingen, Germany the only son of a German mother and an English soldier in September 1946. Most of my childhood was spent following my father round his various army postings, which meant we never spent more than two years anywhere. Consequently I visited a total of 13 schools, only one of which was in Germany. Needless to say, I speak German fluently and am a qualified Civil Service Interpreter in German.

I enlisted into the 10th Royal Hussars in April 1967 and after my basic training was selected to become an officer. I went to Mons Officer Cadet School and was commissioned into the Queens Regiment (Middlesex Regement). During my service I served in Canada, Cyprus, Libya, Malta, Uganda, Germany, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.  After 27 years service I took voluntary redundancy and accepted a limited contract as a Senior Executive Officer in the UK Civil Service and was appointed as a Services Liaison Officer in Germany, a job I did for seven years, first in Verden/Aller and then in Hameln (Hamelin).

I am an RYA Yachtmaster, a British Kiel Yacht Club, Baltic Yachtmaster and a qualified diver. From 1984 to 1998 I sailed mainly in the Baltic, North Sea and English Channel with an Atlantic Crossing West to East in 1988, before setting off in KARMA to sail around the world in 1998. What was meant to be a three year voyage ended up being a four and a half year epic. I had crew as far as Martinique in the Caribbean, but sailed alone thereafter through choice. Officially the circumnavigation ended in November 2002 when I reached Portsmouth, where KARMA was registered, but I continued on to Holland in early 2003, which is where I kept my yacht until 2009, when I sold her as I have settled to live in Germany.

I was awarded the Rose Medal for the most meritorious short-handed voyage in 2002, for my mainly single handed circumnavigation  by the Ocean Cruising Club. In 2004, Trans-Ocean the German Association for the furtherance of ocean sailing, presented me with their Circumnavigator's Award for a successful circumnavigation and their second highest award the Trans-Ocean Silver Medal, for “outstanding high seas achievement.” All these awards may have been due to the fact that   KARMA  and I crossed Biscay in gales and a storm in November 2002, at the same time as the PRESTIGE oil tanker, which was damaged by the storm and sank off Spain five days later, and we did not.

I now live in Mönchengladbach, Germany. My main interests are travel, ancient rubble and cultures, learning Arabic, cooking, and photography. I used to teach English conversation at the VHS Mönchengladbach one evening a week,  and at the VHS Viersen in Kempen one morning a week, but for various reasons have stopped doing so. Now I intend to travel a fair bit and do not want to be tied to term times any more.