Ian lives with his wife and three children in land-locked Shropshire in the heart of England, but whenever possible sails in the Irish Sea out of Pwllheli in North Wales . He first learned to sail while serving with the British Army over 20 years ago, where he served as avionics engineer in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. He has since sailed on “other people’s boats” whenever the opportunity has arisen, either racing or cruising and in 2007/8 Ian took part in Robin Knox-Johnson’s Clipper around the world yacht race, on board Clipper Singapore. Ian completed a full circumnavigation with Clipper and developed a fascination for offshore ocean sailing.
Like many of the sailors, Ian has been inspired over the years by the stories of the great adventurers such as Joshua Slocum and Earnest Shackleton, as well as the stories of Sir Robin and Bernard Moitessier in the original Golden Globe Race. “When I first heard of the new edition of the GGR back in 2015 I was immediately drawn to this amazing adventure, work, life and family commitments meant that 2018 could not happen for me, but as the race began to unfold, I resolved to make taking part in 2022 a reality”.