In the run up to the 2017 season getting underway, we will be introducing the current Trinity Sailing Foundation team. To kick things off, here’s a bit of information about our Operations Director Ben Wheatley…
What is your role at Trinity Sailing Foundation?
I look after the operational side of the organisation, supporting the skippers and crew on board the vessels during the season, and coordinating the refit plans in the winter. I have been at Trinity since February 2013 when I joined as Golden Vanity’s skipper.
What did you do prior to joining the team?
I spent 12 years working at sea on a number of square riggers and worked my way up through the ranks to first mate. This was great and I saw some amazing places however I reached the age where I needed somewhere to base myself and start a family, and Trinity was a good fit as it means I can still enjoy a life at sea as well as home life.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I enjoy the variety of challenges the job brings. I spend some time out sailing, which I love, and some time on maintenance tasks, whilst also having the opportunity to work from our office in Brixham and interface with the rest of our shore-based team. This allows a good balance of family life and work.
Where is your favourite sailing destination?
The west coast of Scotland; such variety, stunning scenery and great sailing opportunities. There is always something new to visit.
When you are not sailing, what else do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy spending time with my family, hillwalking and doing up our house.