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 another member of our sea staff — Neil Wilson.
What is your role at Trinity Sailing?
I am Trinity’s substitute team member. Part-time mate, part-time cook, part-time deckie. I help to cover the main crew members when they are away on leave and have spent time working on all three vessels. I’m a volunteer and am often around in the winter months getting the vessels ready for sea.
How long have your worked for Trinity?
I have been coming down for the past two-and-a-half years.
What did you do prior to joining the team?
Before I retired I drove trucks around Europe for around 20 years, prior to that I was transporting containers to and from various parts of the UK for 15 years. I have done a wide range of everything though, I was a butcher once.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love being involved with the other members of the Trinity team, who are a lot younger than me. I find the things many of them have done and the goals they have achieved very inspiring in many ways.
Where is your favourite sailing destination?
I am particularly fond of the Devon and Cornwall area, but I also like it in Oban and around the Scottish Isles.
When you’re not sailing, what else do you enjoy doing?
I volunteer at an urban community farm, in Southampton, where I work mainly in the gardens with groups of people with special needs. I also hold a world record for the most sighs within a five minute period.