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Teaching Sailing is who we are...

We are a community of sailors. Maybe you will just come for a day, or a week, and then move on having accomplished what you wanted to. Or maybe you will be a regular at the marina, hanging around for the biscuits, the banter, and getting involved of every aspect of the running and sailing of yachts. However you get involved, it only matters that you get involved.

We do not only teach sailing knowledge, but confidence too. We look to help people not only become skilled at their ability to sail a boat on the sea but also to build a relationship with it, with each other, and to become a part of something bigger. We are sailors, psychologists, tradesmen/women, students, professionals, and a huge mix of people who may never run into each other in day to day life, but here... we are together.

"When you get to the end of your life, you won't base it on the things that happened to you along the way - you will base it on how you feel about the things that happened to you along the way. That is a big clue to the art of happiness and feeling content."

James Lovett

We are a community. Maybe you will just come for a day, or a week, and then move on having accomplished what you wanted to. Or maybe you will be a regular at the marina, hanging around for the biscuits, the banter, and getting involved of every aspect of the running and sailing of yachts. However you get involved, you get involved.

We do not only teach knowledge, but confidence too. We look to help people not only become skilled at their ability on the sea but also to build a relationship with it, with each other, and to become a part of something bigger. We are sailors, psychologists, tradesmen/women, students, professionals, and a huge mix of people who may never run into each other in day to day life, but here... we stand together.

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Centre Principle and Chief Instructor

James Lovett

James is a professional sailor, an advanced therapist/coach, has written four online programmes of Self-Development, and developed a form of physical meditation. With a life long passion for psychology and sailing, he has seen the changes that happen to people when they come together around a boat. Now he passes on his experiences to help turn other's lives around.

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Policy and Financial Director

Lisa Gallimore

Lisa is primarily responsible for administration and looking after all of the people that come to Shadow Wind - those that work for us and those that come from the community. Her number one priority is seeing people smile, and she does this very well.

Research & Media Director

Dave Gallagher

Dave is a Chartered Psychologist specialising in the benefits of adventure on mental wellbeing and performance.  His photography and writings have graced the national press in recent months on this subject.  He is committed to developing Shadow Wind's links within the region's scientific community as the basis for showing that we have measurable impact on people's lives and attitudes!  He is most likely to be found below decks raiding the biscuit tin and enthusing about the virtues of life at sea.

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Engineering Director

Kevin Andrews

Kevin is our long suffering engineer and sailor, boldly venturing into the dark depths of the engine room and often found looking confused. He has a history of youth work in many areas, loves sailing, and being outdoors, and keeps us going. Especially with his steak pies...

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Liverpool Base Boat

Shadow Wind

Shadow Wind is a Gibsea 105 based in Liverpool, 10.5 metres long (34 feet), and with a draught of 2 metres. She is a sloop (1 mast, 2 sails) with a fin keel. She sleeps 8 although we tend to keep her down to 5 or 6 unless everybody is very close! She has a taste for the Irish Sea but secretly would like to go and live in Greece...

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Offshore Adventure

Sky Catcher

Sky Catcher is a Hunter 50 Custom, 15 metres long, and with a draught of 3 metres. She is an ex BOC Challenge boat and was refitted to race around the world single handed. There is even a book (Around the Blue Marble by Nigel Rowe) written about her. Now she is being refitted again, this time to take us and our community on great adventures far and wide.

Shadow Wind Sailing

Adventurer, individual, all round Dude.

You

Whether you would like to try sailing for an afternoon, go for a voyage to Wales or Scotland, perfect your single handed sailing skills, learn how to moor up like a professional, or just get on the wave, we would love to meet you.