The Yacht Rigger Story

Here is a little background about myself:

I have sailed all my life, over thirty years now! and I’m passionate about it.

I was born into the sailing industry as my father set up Cambrian Marine Services in Cardiff in 1978.

I believe my first sailing experience was at a week old and I haven’t stopped since!

I started sailing dinghies as soon as i could and quickly got involved with racing. I was part of the Welsh Team from age 10 and later went on to be part of the Topper and Laser British Teams. A very proud moment was captaining Wales at the Nations Cup.

As well as dinghy sailing while growing up i cruised and raced with my family on various yachts.

I chose to attend Plymouth University due to its great sailing location.

In 1999 i was chosen as the only fresher skipper in the National Student Championship, a great responsibility and privilege. I went on to finish 2nd overall two years running in this competition.

After university I worked for 8 years at Cambrian Marine Services and starting learning all aspects of yacht maintenance. During this time I concentrated on yacht rigging as a speciality, as it meant dealing with sailing boats and fellow sailors. I also built a strong relationship with various rigging suppliers.

When Cambrian Marine Services was sold in I decided in to set up the only specialist yacht riggers in Cardiff which saw the start of Freemantle Yacht Rigging in September 2009.

Since then I have increased my knowledge in this specialist industry and have close links with all the major suppliers in the industry.

I look forward to the business growing and providing a great service for the local boating community and nationally through our online store.

Sailing Experience

Teams

  • Welsh Sailing Team 1989 - 1998
  • British Sailing Team 1996 - 1998
  • Plymouth University Sailing Team 1999 – 2001

Dinghy Sailing

  • 3 Optimist National Championships
  • 5 Topper National Championships
  • 3 Laser National Championships
  • 1 World Topper Championships
  • Inshore Yacht Racing

    • Cork Week 3rd 1996, 4th 2000, 5th 2004
    • Cowes Week 1st 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2nd 2005, 2006
    • Round the Island Race 1st in class 2000, 2007, 2009 3rd in Class 2011
    • Poole Regatta 1st 2010
    • Sigma 33 Europeans 1st 2003, 5th 2004
    • Sigma 33 National Championships 1st 2008
    • J80 Nationals 4th 2005 5th 2005 5th 2010
    • Swan World Championship 1st 2010
    • Shanghai Cup 1st Team 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006
    • Shanghai Cup individual winner 2004, 2011
    • Soling National championships 1st 2008, 2nd 2006

    Offshore Yacht Racing

    • ARC Atlantic crossing 2002
    • Two Handed Mini Fastnet 2008

    Cruising

    I have cruised around the following locations:

    • Bristol Channel and South coast
    • France
    • Ireland
    • Caribbean
    • Greece
    • Turkey
    • Mediterranean