Paul Taylor is an RYA/MCA Ocean YachtMaster with a commercial endorsement. He also qualified as an RYA Cruising Instructor.
Paul is one of those lucky people who has been involved with boats from his early days. He was brought up with a variety of sailing dinghies, keel boats and yachts.
As a student he raced Fireballs and cruised the west coast on Folkboats and 6 Metre yachts.
After leaving university Paul became a fisherman on the West Coast of Scotland, eventually having his own boat.
Around about this time he also worked as a lighthouse keeper on Ardnamurchan Point.
These days when he is not sailing in wonderful Greece Paul is either skippering for a national sailing charity, skippering on yacht deliveries or sailing his own boat, a Rival 34 “Hirta”. Last year “Hirta” prticipated in the “Round Rockall Rival Rally” Rockall is an uninhabited rock 250 miles out into the Atlantic to the west of Scotland. An exciting destination!
Paul has sailed over 45,000 nm including a 5,000nms Pacific crossing and six Biscay crossings, one in December. He has sailed a wide variety of boats from 54ft catamarans through to 26ft sloops. He is really a bit of a “boat junkie” As well as owning the beautiful “Hirta”, there is the 50 year old 11fooot wooden Gull MK1 in the garage, the 16 foot plastic boat in Ardnamurchan, and a couple of inflatables in various conditions.
Paul qualified as an RYA Cruising Instructor, a shore based theory instructor, as well as being a VHF assessor and First Aid instructor. Although he has taught a wide range of RYA courses he prefers going places, real voyages not trips round and round the bay; sailing to distant places rather than pontoon bashing. Whilst there is no formal instruction on our voyages, Paul is very happy to share his knowledge, skills and experiences.
Paul is married with three grown up children, one grandchild and two dogs. When he is not sailing he is to be found in Edinburgh or up on the West Coast of Scotland