The authors of RCC Pilotage Foundation publications are all experienced sailors with extensive knowledge of the areas covered. As well as the research done in preparation for each title they continue to provide regular updates and corrections which include information and feedback from users of the pilots. We encourage you to send us your feedback and any other pilotage information to help ensure that we can provide up to date information.
During the current world crisis our authors have been unable to continue much of the research they would normally be undertake for new editions and annual supplements. After recent virtual meetings held using zoom we were delighted to be able to hold a live conference for our authors on 16th November. Held at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club with those unable to attend in person joining us on Zoom we were able to welcome new authors and cover a wide range of issues. This has given the opportunity to provide a picture of the team members relaxing after the end of the formal sessions..
New authors for Islas Baleares
Co-author with Lisa Borre of Black Sea
Lisa has a background in environmental management. In 2005 she and David Barker embarked on an extended cruise in their Tayana 37ft cutter Tayana which took them from US to the Mediterranean and Black Seas.
Henry has worked for the RCCPF since 2009 and became sole author of Atlantic Spain and Portugal in 2012. He was an Engineer in RN submarines, with holidays spent cruising the coasts between Norway and Gibraltar. After a circuit of the Atlantic islands in 2007/2008 he cruised the Mediterranean for four years before a return to Britain in 2013 via the Atlantic coast.
Nick learned to sail on the Norfolk Broads aged six, and grew up sailing Wayfarers. He has been cruising for over 30 years in Western Europe and always finds himself back in Brittany. He is a dinghy and cruising instructor and sails a Bowman 40. He spent 20 years in the Army before setting up his own marketing company. He started researching and writing for the Pilotage Foundation in 2015.
Author of Cape Horn and Antarctic Waters
Annie Hill has been enjoying an almost continuous roving commission since 1975. In this time she has sailed over 150,000 miles, largely on two boats: the junk-rigged, plywood, 34 ft Badger and the gaff-rigged, steel, 35 ft Iron Bark. In this time she has sailed from 73° N to 61° S, has cruised in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and spent a winter aboard in Greenland, frozen in for 7 months. She is now based in New Zealand and is building a new junk rigged boat. She has written two books: Voyaging on a Small Income and Brazil and Beyond, both of which are still in print.
Hilary ‘grew up’ in Dun Laoghaire harbour and has been living and sailing ever since. Hilary began sailing in a clinker-built pram dinghy and progressed to a Heron; she sailed and team-raced in university Fireflies, then a Flying 15, a GP in Nigeria, an Enterprise in Zimbabwe. She and her husband Bill bought their first cruising boat in Jamaica in 1970 - a Tartan 27, from there they raced and cruised in various craft in Australia and for 11 years in Dutch waters. Their last boat, a much beloved Aphrodite 42, was summer home to them in many parts of the Mediterranean.
A teacher, journalist, author of Ijsselmeer Harbours (1989); The Flavour of Holland (1994); also compiler of a history of the Irish Cruising Club 1979-2004; and now co-author of Atlantic Islands.
Judy started sailing dinghies in her teens. Between 1989 and 2014, she and her husband David spent 16 summers on their 1985 Beneteau First 345 Cloud Walker (owned from new) sailing in Norway, between the Swedish and the Russian borders and to Svalbard (which they circumnavigated in 2013) and Jan Mayen. Judy continues to sail Norwegian waters each summer, always researching and updating as she goes.
Andrew O'Grady started cruising when 17 and has been a member of the Royal Cruising Club since 1978. He qualified as a doctor and after working in Newfoundland and the Shetland Islands he sailed to New Zealand. He built Balaena for long distance cruises to remote places. More recently he has cruised the Baltic, before returning to Argentina and Chile.
Tom Partridge is an enthusiastic blue water sailor and completed a four year circumnavigation on his boat Adina in 2017. Favouring off the beaten track destinations, he has a keen interest in navigation and has written several authoritative articles on the topic. Tom is responsible for the marketing of our books & looking after our social media platforms.
Steve has been with the Pilotage Foundation since 2009 and has extensive experience of cruising the waters for which he writes since 1976 when he visited both South Biscay and Mediterranean Spain on a winter yacht delivery! More recently he circumnavigated Spain to survey Galicia to the Gironde, a trip that had Gibraltar and Cowes as its most southerly and northerly points.
After many years on the offshore race circuit Kitty and her husband left the UK in 1997 to cruise around the world in their 45’ aluminium yacht on which they first crossed the Pacific in 2001. They bought an Oyster 56 in 2007 and continued cruising the Pacific for the next 8 years. Kitty wrote cruising notes for Alaska and British Columbia before taking on the Pacific Crossing Guide.
Contributors to Baltic Sea and Approaches
Miranda was brought up on her father’s boat, Laura, a ‘Nobby’ built (1908) on the lines of a Morecambe Bay Prawner. She and her parents lived afloat for over three years on the River Crouch in the early 1950s before moving ashore after the birth of her sister, also called Laura. In the mid 1970s until the mid 1980s she lived and worked afloat on large private and charter yachts based in the Caribbean during the winters and mostly, though not entirely, on the eastern seaboard of the United States. After initially cooking she started skippering, and at 23 was in charge of a 75’, 1939 Alden schooner which she raced in classic boat races in New England. She has sailed three transatlantics, skippering two of them on her sextant, and done many thousands of miles under sail.
After marrying a landscape gardener, Edward Sprot, she and Edward bought a timber ¾ tonner, Polar Bear, and she taught him and their two daughters to sail. They owned Polar Bear for twenty years and took her ranging as far as Gdansk, in eastern Poland, to St Kilda and Baiona, and most ports in between. She and Edward now sail a Najad 390, Pelonia, and cruise extensively. However, their cruising has been curtailed by the virus and they have been restricted to British waters for the last couple of seasons. She is a contributor to Baltic Sea and Approaches with responsibility for Germany, Poland and Baltic Russia
Annette was brought up in Denmark and has been sailing for over forty years. With her husband she completed a 9 year circumnavigation on their Swan 47. Recent summers have been spent cruising Scandinavian waters. A regular contributor of pilotage information over the years she is now responsible for the Danish section of The Baltic Sea and its Approaches.
Madeleine has edited the Finland RCC Foreign Port Information notes since 2012 and is now author of the Finland section of The Baltic Sea and its Approaches. She trained as a teacher and as an artist painter. Since the 1970s, she has sailed extensively with her husband on their yacht in Germany, Sweden, Finland and Norway.
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