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 — Martin “Stan” Stanfield.
What is your role at Trinity Sailing?
I’m the skipper of Leader. This is my fifth year working for Trinity. I arrived on a work placement whilst at South Devon College and, as yet, they have been unable to get rid of me.
What did you do prior to joining the team?
I went to South Devon College on their “yacht ops” degree to get my Yacht Master qualification.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The three boats are so special; it’s a massive privilege to be working on them. I love introducing people to the world of traditional sailing, as well as going to new places and building relationships with clients you enjoy seeing return each year.
Where is your favourite sailing destination?
When sailing out of Oban I always try to fit in visits to the islands of Staffa and Lunga. One is full of puffins and the other has the famous Fingal’s Cave. That is always a magical day of sailing and I enjoy running people ashore in the rib, while Leader is anchored in the Lee.
When you’re not sailing, what else do you enjoy doing?
Sailing other people’s boats.