In the run up to the 2017 season getting underway we have been introducing the current Trinity Sailing Foundation team. Today we caught up with the final member of our sea staff — Paul Lawton.
What is your role at Trinity Sailing?
I am the skipper on board Golden Vanity, though I will also be spending some of the season skippering Provident. I am also Trinity Sailing’s RYA Chief Instructor and am a new member of the team.
What did you do prior to joining the team?
Immediately prior to joining Trinity I was working as a secondary school maths and science teacher at the Steiner Academy, in Exeter. I have worked in sailing for 14 years as well, and before that I worked in banking.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love being able to introduce people to the joys of traditional boat sailing. It is a real pleasure to be with them as they learn new skills and share with them the natural beauty of the surrounding coastline.
Where is your favourite sailing destination?
I have been lucky enough to have sailed in many parts of the world and I have found that the south west of England, the areas around the Dart and Fal rivers are my favourites. I also have a soft spot for the Scillies, which are very calming.
When you’re not sailing, what else do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy all types of travel, including whistle-stop weekend trips and longer expeditions. I love sea kayaking around the Devon and Cornwall coast, and I also often go touring with my wife on a Vespa.