I’m sometimes asked by sailing schools or clubs to go aboard their yachts for a day and give a Masterclass.  We go out for a jolly good sail and they can air any problems they are having. At present I’m to be found aboard the good ship Lady Emma a couple of times a year.  Contact Salli McLaughlin on


‘Many thanks to you, as well as a few hearty shipmates for a splendid day on the water last Thursday. Alas due to dodgy knees I fear my sailing days (apart from the odd day) could well be over, but to listen to the yarns, the history of the Pilot Cutter and share laughs with a great crowd, as well as the feel of Morwenna moving nicely in a good breeze made it very special for me.’  Eddie W

‘Tom, thank you again for a great couple of days on Morwenna (second year running), a thoroughly entertaining and inspiring time.’  Tony B

‘We had a master class aboard Lady Emma with Tom Cunliffe last week in The Solent. Excellent.’  Richard R

‘I had a great day on Lady Emma yesterday with you and the Lados gang. Thanks for all the good advice you imparted to us all.’ Alan D       

Electronics Seminar

I’ve also set up, introduced and been MC at Electronic Seminars for clubs. These usually last a day and I bring along a Radar specialist, a Plotter professional and one or two others to give talks about various aspects of electronic navigation. I’m able to provide practice equipment, courtesy of Raymarine for a hands-on session.


‘Wow, that was a most successful day. Your chairing very effectively kept control: the timings were spot on. We & many others were most pleased by your iconic, charismatic, informative talk. Many many thanks to you. What a memorable day’  Royal Harwich Yacht Club

If you think I could help your club or association, email me on