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Tom Cunliffe

Broadcaster, author, Yachtmaster Examiner and long-time compiler of The Shell Channel Pilot

Broadcaster, author and Yachtmaster Examiner Tom Cunliffe is one of Britain's leading sailing writers.  He's been working with Imray as compiler of The Shell Channel Pilot for more than 30 years.  

A worldwide authority on cruising sailing and an expert on traditional sailing craft, he learnt his skills during numerous ocean passages, often in low-fi boats without engines or electronics, voyaging from Brazil to Greenland and from the Caribbean to Russia. 

He's owned a series of traditional gaff-rigged vessels that have taken him and his family on countless adventures, but he now sails a classic 44-foot cutter which he keeps in Denmark. Tom has been a Yachtmaster Examiner since 1978 and generously shares his knowledge and tales of the sea through his well-followed YouTube channel, at events and through writing and broadcast media. He has monthly columns in Sailing Today, Classic Boat, Yachting World and Sail (US) magazines.  He wrote and presented the BBC TV series The Boats That Built Britain.

Tom visited Imray just before the 2020 lockdowns and was given a tour by Lucy Wilson, Managing Director. You can watch it here.