Meet the team… Ben Wheatley

Ben Wheatley

Meet the team… Ben Wheatley

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.