From Yorkshire, UK
Guy started crewing a while back on the South coast of England, racing and cruising across the Channel to France and back. While doing bow he was dreaming of the great solo adventures of the time, such as the Ostar, BOC Challenge and Vendée Globe, but those were financially out of reach, so he naturally leaned towards the cheaper option: the Jester Challenge.
In 2010, he entered the Jester Challenge in a Contessa 26, a boat designed for coastal cruising which he planned to sail from Plymouth to Newport RI, but a broken bulkhead and disintegrating boat under way meant turning back for repair. Undeterred, Guy did repair the Contessa, and not wanting to wait another four years, did the Jester route and back in 2011, and sold the boat upon returning home.
In 2012, he downsized further to a Corribee 21 designed for coastal cruising, stripped, rebuilt the boat, and sailed to the Shetland islands in 2016. From there, he decided to take the Northern route for an Atlantic crossing that took 55 days and a capsize, before coming back in 2017.
This was enough to sharpen his appetite for long distance racing on bigger boats, and while Guy had his eyes on the GGR, he entered the Clipper Race 2017-2018 on board NASDAQ and UNICEF for a 21.000 miles round-trip to see if he liked it.
He did… Guy came back on the Clipper 2019-2020 as Skipper of the “Dare to Lead” 70-ft one-design, for a famously cut-short edition, and ended-up stranded in the Philippines by Covid after completing 2/3 of the journey.
It is there, in Subic Bay that he first heard of a GGR veteran Tradewind 35 in Panama and seriously for sale. Guy called and quickly made the deal, climbing a mountain top for network to complete the transaction online.
After month of waiting for the borders to re-open, guy flew to Panama and sailed Sagarmatha back to the UK through the Caribbean all the way to Jamaica, before crossing to the Azores and eventually sailing back to Whitby, while completing his qualification mileage and planning the upcoming refit underway.
With serious solo mileage on small boats and a good experience of repairing boats under way, Guy is certainly one to watch!