I was introduced to sailing when I was seven by my Mum. We were then lucky to spend our summers out of London, at a place called Emsworth in Chichester Harbour renting houses from friends. Here as kids, we ran amok at the Sailing Club messing around in boats, having picnics, swimming and water fights, and inadvertently learning to sail in the process. I think it was here that the joy of being on or in the water was embedded into my soul. Subsequently, I got more interested in competing and went on to race at an international level in Fireballs, did an Olympic 470 campaign, and more latterly sportsboat and keelboat racing. Boating has become not only my lifelong hobby but also my work. I worked for 10 years as Head of Marketing for Gill and now work freelance in marine marketing and writing. My passion for being on the water remains strong, as does my belief that boating is a fantastic opportunity for young people. I’m on the RYA’s Participation Committee, which is focused on attracting people into boating. In 2017, I wrote the Future’s Report for British Marine, a piece of research that examines the impact on the marine industry of changes in consumer behaviour. As a result of this, with the RYA we presented a series of online webinars for Clubs to help them adapt for future change, and expand their boating and watersports offer. I’m also a Trustee for the Cobnor Activities Centre Trust, a charity which offers boating and outdoor activities for school children. My boating life is now somewhat slower than previous years, and we own a collection of classic boats – a little motor launch, a 28’ classic yacht and 9’ Fairey Duckling sailing dinghy/tender.