Andrew grew up in Sussex and was educated at Charterhouse and Nottingham University.
Andrew is a Chartered Surveyor, specialising in historic and timber framed building repairs, alterations and valuations in and around West Sussex, with his own family practice located in Arundel.
From a boat on his Uncle’s lake in Yorkshire, Andrew had an enthusiasm for boats at an early age. From often sneeking out alone at 5.00am, fishing for brown trout on the lake in the rowing boat, to winning important model boat races on the school swimming pool by repowering a 30cm speedboat with successively larger engines!
Andrew co-founded the Windy Owners Club in 1990 and as Cruising Secretary for over 15 years arranged cruises-in-company to the West Country, Northern French coast, Channel Isles and the Mediterranean. In the early days of Decca navigation he can recall leading a flotilla of Windys out of Poole harbour in moderate fog to head home to the Solent. A considerable way into Poole Bay the whole Decca network shut down. “We returned to the compass and chart days and were relieved to see Hurst Castle”!
With trips to the factory in Norway and strong associations with the early importers of Windy Boats, Andrew has remained a lifelong enthusiast and advocate of this highly regarded marquee. His family have owned some 4 Windys, and still retain the first classic Windy 8800 after 30 years, recently trailed back from the South of France.
Andrew is keen to share in the work needed for the progress and the growth of the Club and has taken a keen interest in all matters over a number of years.
Andrew’s special area of interest is not just cruising but also merchandise, badges, stickers and high quality embroidered goods for the Club. Designs for all these are in progress and will be available through the Website.
With the new generation of enthusiasm Andrew has great confidence that as Vice Commodore he will contribute substantially to the Club Committee’s responsibilities and assist in the collective wish for the SMYC to return to its former greatness.