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The People Behind the Project


Henry has had links to the fleet since his father raced MS’s in the late 1940’s to the mid 1950’s (before he was born!). A career Occupational Therapist, he managed Disability Services for working aged adults for 25 years in local authority, creating a Government endorsed service for people with Motor Neurone Disease. He also has a fledgling career as a music promoter! Henry owned Taeping from 1988 to 2013 then after a short break bought Alannah in 2016.


John & Judy bought a half share in Scottie in 1983 from John & Mary Corkhill who had by then moved to the Wirral. John & Sally Williams already shared Scottie with John & Mary and so started their current joint 38 year ownership.
John started sailing in MS’s in Spindrift with Merfyn Hughes in the late 70’s having moved up to Llandegfan from London as the family’s slate business had relocated to Victoria Dock in Caernarfon whilst running a quarry in Aberllefenni, Mid Wales.
John has worked in the family business all his life and despite efforts to retire with the sale of most of the business he has retained ownership of the Inigo Jones Slate Works which he’s run since the early 80’s.


Helen has sailed classic boats on the river Mersey and the Menai Strait throughout her lifetime. She lives on Anglesey and is fortunate to have a view of the MS fleet moored in Beaumaris bay, with the backdrop of the Snowdonia Mountains. When not racing on the water, Helen is a corporate lawyer and is a volunteer member of the Beaumaris RNLI lifeboat Crew.


John has sailed, owned and maintained classic wooden boats for over thirty five years and owned, helmed and maintained a West Kirby Star – a classic example of a wooden racing yacht first sailed in 1906.  John had this wonderful boat, similar in many aspects to an MSOD, for thirty years, racing in the Dee Estuary, River Mersey and the Menai Strait before relocating to Anglesey in 2018. John first sailed in the Menai Strait Regattas in the early 1990s and vowed to move there upon early retirement, purchasing Suzanne, one of the MSOD fleet in late 2017.
John’s working career as a project Manager centred around the design, management, construction and commissioning of high value engineering projects and as such brings many skills to the charity.






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