- Maritime Book/DVD Shop
- Professional services
- Television work
- Sailing Coaching and Celestial Navigation
- Events and Public speaking
- Hear Tom’s latest Blogcast
- Background to Tom Cunliffe
the salty road to freedom
~ pilot cutters to high-performance cruisers,
journalism, books, film ~
and the sea…
I’ve been Mate on a coasting merchant ship and run yachts for gentlemen. I’ve operated charter boats, delivered all sorts of vessels, raced at quite high levels and have been teaching sailing intermittently for thirty-plus years. I became a Yachtmaster Examiner in 1978.
Classics have been my passion and for forty years I owned wooden gaffers. My wife Roz and I have sailed them all over the Atlantic, from southern Brazil to Iceland and from the Caribbean to Russia, with a number of trips to the US and Canada thrown in. I love traditional craft, but now I’ve finally gone bermudan. I’m happy sailing anything though that does the job properly.
29 November: Old Gaffers Association
9 January Hallberg Rassy
17 March New Parks
20 March CA Solent Section
27 March Axe YC
15 April U3A
29 April National Maritime Museum Cornwall
3 October Emsworth Yacht Harbour
24 October Nelson Society
10 November Stafford Coastal Cruising Club
‘Pilots Cutters Under Sail’
Shell Channel Pilot (7th)
The Complete Yachtmaster (8th)
THE PERSONALISED BOOK SERVICE IS AVAILABLE AGAIN AS I AM BACK FROM SEA
Stuck for a Christmas present for that difficult uncle? Here’s a new book he’ll love.
‘The Sloop of War’ 1650 – 1763’ (Seaforth Publishing) is a fascinating study of the smaller fleet vessels of the Royal Navy from this period. This neglected subject has been thoroughly researched by the author, Ian McLaughlan, and he has added his own beautiful sketches to the many paintings and line drawings in the book. It combines a truly scholarly delivery with a lovely presentation. History brought to life.more...