Fred sailed dinghies at school camps in the Lake District , North Wales on Lake Bala and then a family owned Mirror dinghy on Rudyard Lake and the Sound of Fleet. A decade of windsurfing and then yachting started in the 80’s by crewing on a J24 in Plymouth and intermittently cruising with friends and colleagues. Following a gap of some years (working and mountaineering) Fred and his wife Jan bought Tamarisk in 2009 and so began to fulfill their sailing ambitions, and along with their two daughters make the most of the Westcountry and Channel coasts from their homeport of Plymouth; chartering other yachts in the Mediterranean and Australia. Fred took part in the 70th Sydney-Hobart Race in Dec 14 as a crewmember, and is now very much looking forward to his first AZAB and passage of this scale.
Mike started sailing when he was two years old with his Grandfather on a Westerly Centaur in the Solent, however he really learnt to sail in dinghies competing in the Abersoch Dinghy week for a number of years as a youth. In the 80's his father bought a share in a Sadler 34 through which, at 17 years old, Mike enjoyed his first ocean experience by crossing the Bay of Biscay in a gale. In his early 40's the Mike moved to Newton Ferrers in Devon and gained yacht-racing experience with the Yealm Yacht Club Autumn Series and annual Yealm to Trébeurden Channel Race in which, despite a mid-channel capsize, was part of the winning Class 1 crew on both line honours and handicap. This is Mike’s first AZAB and true ocean race.