Peter Chapman – Retired
Having done a little sailing many years ago, I jumped at the chance to crew on David Hows’ Ocean Gem in ‘Twilight’ and offshore races out of Southport Yacht Club. For three years now I have enjoyed sailing with David and other crew, many of whom have become firm friends. David is an easy-going, generous fellow whose outer friendliness somewhat masks his competitive spirit when racing.
The atmosphere on board is always positive, newcomers with limited experience are welcomed and there’s a constant emphasis on safety, while skills and teamwork are developed. David leads by example and from every race we take new lessons about sailing and racing, about the boat and about ourselves. The experience has been invaluable to me in my retirement, and I unreservedly recommend it to others.