David Thompson


David Thompson

Skipper and Mate

Offshore crew

Please tell us a bit about yourself  

I am a commercially endorsed RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore and have been sailing for more than 20 years. I first sailed with TSYT in January 2008 on one of the first voyages after the Trust obtained the Challenger yachts and have been volunteering ever since.

I worked as a pharmacist for thirty years, including five years as a counsellor and prescriber for a drug and alcohol team. I have just received my bus pass and am officially ‘retired’, but life somehow is as busy as ever with DIY for my two daughters, and being a Secondary Academy Governor.

Please tell us a bit about your role at Tall Ships Youth Trust

I usually sail as Mate on the Challengers, but sometimes Skipper the ketch. My primary role is to ensure that what needs to happen, happens safely and that everyone has a good time.

What has been your most memorable moment at Tall Ships Youth Trust? 

There have been too many memorable moments. Some are related to the sailing, some will be related to the wonderful natural environment that surrounds us such as sunsets, (and sunrises!) or seeing dolphins, but also the difference we see in so many young people after just five days of being on board.

What is one thing you think people should know about Tall Ships Youth Trust? 

Sailing can be truly life-enhancing, because young people learn so much about themselves on a voyage. They may never sail again, but will have grown through the experience. The team, both onshore and offshore are all passionate about developing the young people who come sailing with us. 

Please describe your job in three words  

Encouraging, Empowering, Enjoyable. 

If you were famous, what would you be famous for?  

Mending things, sometimes it appears to be particularly anything to do with the plumbing!

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