I was sent to sea as an apprentice tall ship instructor for a year, joining the Sail School Vessel 'HMS' Rose at Erie Pennsylvania and disembarking in Quebec City 12 months later. Among the excitement and hardship I used to write home and to friends every week (these were the days before Facebook and email), communicating the awe and wonder of getting a 186ft wooden replica of a Royal Navy warship all over the NE US and SE Canada... Being a sailing writer would come eventually.
I did a Maritime Studies degree at Southampton Solent University and lost my way... Close friends and loved ones knew I was a good writer from time aboard Rose so I re-trained as a journalist, graduating with a Master's in 2006. Four years later I would start working with Boating Times Long Island, and in 2012 I had an extremely busy Olympics and Paralympics sailing events. As a sailing writer I got to be a (somewhat) professional sailor in the end!