Stuart Cook

Content Creator and Instructor

I started sailing dinghies at a local sailing club open day when I was 11 years old. I loved it and stuck at it, racing dinghies as a teen before getting my chance as crew and then skipper on the former round-the-world yacht ‘Drum’ on day sails and weekend charters progressing to skipper and boat manager of this famous 78’er. Seeking further opportunities and now an instructor, I started teaching RYA courses at home in Scotland and abroad, venturing to far-flung places such as New Zealand and Greece. A desire for adventures off the beaten track saw me take up a skippering position for Rubicon3, skippering throughout the North Atlantic to remote locations such as the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Central America with another private adventure charter to Greenland. Over the years I found time to skipper for HWDT on cetacean research, do a couple of ski seasons and write my own sailing book. Alongside my work for Ardent Training, I still skipper adventure sailing trips while also managing the maintenance for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust fleet.

Career Highlights

Drum

I used to see this boat sitting on her mooring and was told if I stuck at my sailing I would get the chance to sail her one day. To end up skippering her around the west coast of Scotland was a dream come true.

Drum

Rubicon3

I followed their adventures afloat for a long time before I saw the chance to get involved. I travelled to so many places with them I thought I would never visit, never mind sail to by yacht.

Rubicon3

Own Boat

Future Plans

I recently bought an old wayfarer dinghy and have plans to cruise her around the islands and lochs of Scotland's West Coast, exploring some lesser visited areas and those harder to get to on larger vessels.

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Favourite Place to Sail

When it's good, the west coast of Scotland is almost perfect. Quiet, remote anchorages with golden sandy beaches and plenty of varying scenery.

Favourite Place to Sail

Most Memorable Moment at Sea

The arctic experiences win this for me. The endless glacial peaks of Greenland filling the horizon behind a sea filled with icebergs and watching the sun crest the horizon for hours at a time. Moments like those are hard to beat.

Most Memorable Moment at Sea
Most Memorable Moment at Sea
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