Martin, more commonly known as ‘Smudge’ to friends and colleagues, is a former British Army mechanic and university lecturer. His first major sailing trip saw him participate in the 2009 BVI Spring Regatta as part of a British Army race crew. He became a RYA/MCA Yachtmaster, while also graduating with a MSc in Sports Coaching, during 2014; continuing to play and coach all kinds of sport when he can. Adventures with Rubicon 3 have seen him sail from London, England to St. Petersburg, Russia on board a Clipper 60 round the world racing yacht; a yacht he has also crossed the Bay of Biscay on. In Spring 2015, Smudge was first mate aboard Seamester vessel S/Y Argo from Cape Town, South Africa to Antigua in the Caribbean, going on to captain Argo’s sister-ship Ocean Star throughout 2016. Originally trained as an RYA Cruising Instructor, Smudge became an ASA and IYT sailing instructor during 2017, while a resident in BVI, working for Tortola Sailing & Sights in Soper’s Hole. Since Hurricane Irma, Smudge has been residing in the UK as a trainee teacher with 5-11 year olds; also spending time learning French, the ukulele, and topping up his PADI Rescue Diver certificate. 2018 is Smudge’s fifth consecutive summer in the BVI.

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