James learnt the ropes of a gaff rig while working for 6 years for a Sail Training charity as mate and then skipper of Provident a 90ft ketch rigged Brixham Trawler. Most recently in 2012 he was full time skipper of pilot cutter Eve of St Mawes. With 5 Atlantic crossings, one singlehanded and numerous offshore races James has a wealth of experience. Although he enjoys the fast pace of modern race boats, the gaff rig has always drawn him back. His real passion lies in the beauty and peace of sailing a traditional boat, as it should be sailed.
He believes there is no better way to end a great day sailing than by gliding smoothly into a small anchorage, dropping anchor, and sharing a glass of wine while the sun sets!
Chloe, the Cook
Chloe first fell in love with sailing and cooking on Eda back in 2013, and has been an almost permanent fixture ever since. From the tiniest galley she is known for producing cockle warming feasts, fresh bread, treats for cake o’clock, and steaming mugs of tea to remedy any weather. The smells that waft through the galley hatch are enough to distract anyone from pulling ropes!
Her experience includes managing a cafe in the Isles of Scilly, , private cheffing, restaurant work and Superyacht cooking. She is a competent sailor, has a love of the outdoors, and is happiest when feeding people, all making her a brilliant pair of hands to have on board.
Gabriel, the Mate.
Gabriel is rejoining Eda for the 2017 season. He has sailed dinghies from a young age and found his way into the world of traditional sail through sailing and refitting as a volunteer on vessels such at Provident, Leader and Huff of Arklow. After completing an Education Studies degree and concluding, quite rapidly, that his chosen profession of teaching was not, in fact, for him he was selected for the Lottery funded ‘Shipshape Training Program’. The duration of the 1 year apprenticeship saw him serving as Trainee on a range of vessels from the 80ft Lowestoft Smack ‘Excelsior’ to the German Square Rigger ‘Eye of the Wind’.
Having called West Wales home for the past 3 years he is already very much in love with the rugged landscape of the UK’s west coast and cannot wait to get back to exploring Scotland for his second season on Eda
From time to time there will be relief crew aboard. Any crew who sail on our boat are known personally to us, so are knowledgeable, fun and of course fully qualified and trained.