I tailor these to the needs of each situation, lands-folk or sailors, but they are agreed by all to be first-class entertainment with solid material backing up the laughs. I have addressed diverse groups ranging from the august members of The Atheneum to the outstandingly ‘non-PC’ Southwest Shingles Yacht Club. Generally, I rope together a number of anecdotes from my life at sea, either to follow the theme of the evening, to reinforce some point I’m asked to make, or simply to entertain the diners as they enjoy their port.
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‘I just wanted to say thank you for a tremendous presentation at the Athenaeum last week. What a tour de force! Witty (verging on the hilarious even), informative and so easily delivered – despite the lack of notes. We all had a great time listening to you and, of course, how true everything was that you had to say.’ The Athenaeum
‘I would like to say a big thank you from myself and all the Mess members for a great night on Saturday. I have had lots of e-mails to say what a great night it was. You went down a storm and I hope that we will have you back again to celebrate such a prestigious event. ‘ Mess President HMS Victory
‘Just wanted to send a quick note now the dust has settled to say thank you for a fine addition to our evening on Tues. Your stories had the desired effect and ended the ‘below decks’ event in style. We hope to welcome you aboard Kaskelot again in the not-too-distant future. ‘ Sportcell
‘Thank you for making last evening’s dinner such an enjoyable event. Everybody really enjoyed the tales of seafaring dare and do. You judged the mood to perfection and we could not have wished for a better finale for our AGM. ‘ Westerly Owners Association
‘Just a note to congratulate you on a really funny speech on Saturday. I shall dine out on the shed on your bowsprit for years! ‘ Royal Lymington Yacht Club
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