“Now we had ridiculous time pressures – our oldest son Peter and his family were joining us on the boat one week later for a three week family holiday. We also had to appoint a boat yard to do refit work in the autumn. Philip Coatesworth the Managing Director of Professional Yacht Deliveries knows a things or two about crew, so I ‘phoned him to discuss the situation and see if any of his delivery skippers might be looking for a career change. I thought that perhaps a skipper who had not run an owner’s boat before might be a good bet – we could work out how we would operate together. He understood the problem and told me 'Couples can be difficult, Graham. If you have a problem with one it will always be defended by the other. If you have a male skipper and mate you can deal with each person separately. Do you remember Luke Windle? I think you should consider him.'
I did, and I liked him when we met. Philip told us that he was young but had been given responsibility early on and was now very experienced. The reports he got from the crews who sailed with Luke were always excellent. It was a very strong recommendation and as we had no time to spare we arranged to interview Luke at a hotel at London Heathrow airport before we flew back out to Newport…”
Graham Morse is a pyd client who first approached us to help deliver his Discovery 55 across the Atlantic and then subsequently for crew selection advice on his 78 footer 'Moonraker'