Header image: Henri Lloyd in St Katharine Docks before the race start

Offshore Sailing

Although at Sea Rangers we learnt to do some dinghy sailing, I wasn’t much into the racing side of it. I was fifteen before I spent a day sailing a Topper in Poole harbour, and was more content racing a canoe or crewing a rowing boat.

Anita Helming Cereola

At the helm of Cereola

However my first experience of offshore sailing, on a ketch called Cereola over the weekend of my 17th birthday, changed all that. I loved it, and have ever since.





Scout boat Storyline

Scout boat Storyline

Still with Sea Rangers, I was allowed to spend a few days on a Scout boat Storyline over the Easter holidays the following year on the condition that I took with me and did some of my maths A-level revision. Fogbound in Lymington, while the other crew members were enjoying the brilliant sunshine we were having, I was below doing maths homework. Sea fog is like that – you can’t see a thing if out in it but over land the weather can be completely different.

Collecting my Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Collecting my Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at St James’ Palace


After university I needed to complete a Residential Project for my Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Someone suggested I spend a week as a Watch Officer on the Sea Cadet flagship, TS Royalist.