In the run up to the 2017 season getting underway we will be introducing the current Trinity Sailing Foundation team. Today we caught up with a member of our office staff — Harry Gottschalk.
What is your role at Trinity Sailing?
I am Trinity’s Marketing & Sales Manager. It’s my job to process bookings, keep the boats busy throughout the season and promote the organisation all year round, whether that’s online, over the phone, or in person.
What did you do prior to joining the team?
I’ve been here for just under four years. Before moving to Devon I was a news reporter for a Midlands-based daily newspaper called the Express & Star, which involved everything from covering murder trials to interviewing celebrities and politicians. Prior to that I worked for some smaller papers in Derbyshire. When I left university I spent a few years doing sales jobs.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Before working here I knew surprisingly little about sailing, and I enjoy learning more about all things nautical. I like speaking to a wide range of people and there is a lot of job satisfaction in seeing these great boats busy and speaking to happy customers looking forward to a holiday. Above all it’s nice to hear the feedback we get from the sail training groups we work with. For the majority of the disadvantaged young people we take to sea, these voyages are genuinely life-changing.
Where is your favourite sailing destination?
They don’t let me out the office much. I am looking forward to sailing to Mallaig this summer. Last year I spent a week in the Channel Islands and I really enjoyed exploring both Herm and Sark.
When you’re not sailing, what else do you enjoy doing?
Well I’m hardly ever sailing, but when I’m not at work I enjoy exploring Devon, having only lived here for a few years. I’m obsessed with music and play the guitar. I’m a bit of a film geek, I also enjoy cooking. Unfortunately I support Aston Villa — the less said about that the better.