Another recent project was consulting with the new owners of the 90′ Oyster ‘Champagne Hippy’. This boat was a complete write off from the insurance company and spent 12 weeks on the sea bed. With no sailing experience, the owners contracted Alex to advise on the 12 month rebuild, including specifying many of the systems onboard, and the sailing her to the Canaries and then race her across the Atlantic. He is still working with the owners, skippering the boat when she is sailing offshore and trans ocean as well as racing her when the need arises.
It is not just high profile boats he is involved with – he often sails around the coast with ordinary people in less exotic boats, just because people want to increase their experience and learn more about their boats and gain confidence.