Nick Gray has had a life long passion for boats and sailing. This has taken him from sailing Cadet dinghies on Frensham Pond to racing long distances in fast offshore trimarans. His racing has included the Two-handed Round Britain and Ireland Race and the Azores and Back Race (which he won in 1979 in his trimaran Whisky Jack). He has sailed widely around the coasts of Western Europe and the Mediterranean, has taken part in the UK Three Peaks Race and has crewed in many RORC ocean races.
Nick has an equal dedication for the sailing boats themselves – having owned a boat yard specializing in the restoration of wooden yachts and sailmaking lofts in Southampton and Wales. Now retired from racing he enjoys taking his beautifully restored 20 ton wooden ketch Wendy Woo to classic boat festivals around the UK and exploring the French inland waterways on his equally classic motor yacht Tina.
Having sailed the world’s oceans for most of his life, Nick has met and sailed with many remarkable yachtsmen, including those featured in his book ‘Last Voyages’. Reading about the lives, sailing careers and final days of these people, written by someone who has sailed the same seas, endured some of the same extremes and dealt with some of the same problems, adds real depth and insight to the stories of their last voyages.