Colin started sailing offshore in 1974 with OYC Scotland’s inaugural cruise onboard the gaff rigged yawl “Duet” and went on to build, refit and race various yachts on the West Coast of Scotland with his wife Pauline.

Moving over to the charter industry in 1987, Colin then sailed as a charter skipper and Yachtmaster Instructor for many of the Scottish sailing schools and charter companies.

As a founding member of the Scottish Yachtmaster Instructors’ Association in 1994, he went on to chair SYMIA for a number of years, promoting the maintenance of teaching standards in Scottish sea schools and the employment conditions for freelance Scottish Yachtmaster Instructors.

Colin and Pauline ran the highly-respected Seascape Yacht Charter & Sea School out of Dunstaffnage for many years, before acquiring the Oyster 68 “Moonshadow of Lorne” and starting up their current sailing holidays business, Moonshadow Yacht Charter Ltd in 2009.

Setting and maintaining professional standards within the Scottish charter industry has always been important to Colin and he currently chairs the Association of Scottish Yacht Show.