Skipper Dave is obsessed by the sea

21 Nov 2018 | Last update: 29 Aug 2019

You could say I have a one track mind. The sea. But it's not a narrow track. The sea is big and a lifetime is not enough to encompass it.

My relationship with the sea started in childhood. I was a voracious reader, and my favourite books were adventures on the sea. Whether true stories or fiction, I couldn't get enough of that stuff.

Not coming from a family with a background on the sea, nor having bundles of spare cash lying around to indulge expensive hobbies, it took a while before I owned my first boat. But in 2008, I sold my house, bought the most beautiful boat I could find, and set off on an adventure voyage around the UK and then onwards to the Mediterranean. And I've been here ever since.

For most of the year I teach Mediterranean Oceanography, Climate Change, and other environmental science courses to international undergraduate students spending a year in Barcelona. When the students go home in the spring, I leave the lecture hall and take to the sea, sharing a few hours on the water with guests from all over the world. It's a hard life, but hey, someone has to do it!

My teaching keeps me grounded in the bigger picture. On a sparkling summer day sailing on the Mediterranean it can seem like the world is in great shape. The truth is, we're edging closer and closer to the tipping point where the pressures of our modern lifestyle are pushing the ecosystem to its limits. The signs are clear, for those with eyes to see. We call these people scientists, and we better start listening to them before it's too late. The consequences of ignoring their warnings will not be visited on us, but on our children.

But it's not all doom and gloom. The science also shows us that nature is resilient. Nature has the capacity to support the lifestyles we want, but we need to step up to the challenge and control the worst excesses of our resource-stripping industries. History will judge our generation for the choices we make right now. It's daunting, and invigorating, to be alive at such a momentous time.

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Schönes Nachmittagssegeln

Unsere ursprüngliche Buchung war auf Zwillinge gehen, aber das Wetter war nicht toll, so am nächsten Tag gingen wir mit Giambattista und Dave. Ein schöner Nachmittag verbrachte entspannend und bewundern die Aussicht. Auch unser Baby wurde es sich bequem gemacht. Danke vielmals
SilverLadyLondon | London | 31 October 2015

Ein tolles Segel

Dies wird leicht eines meiner Highlights aus Barcelona sein. Nur wenige Dinge könnten so entspannend sein wie diese schöne Morgen-Nachmittag-Reise hinaus ins Meer. Dave war ein ausgezeichneter Gastgeber und hat sich hervorragend um uns gekümmert.
Kyle M | Dartford | 28 July 2018

Great trip on a beautiful boat

Had a great trip with Dave whilst in Barcelona recently. Water was a little choppier than usual so no opportunity to swim but this is clearly out of the skippers hands, no complaints at all there. On a calmer day this would be just about the perfect way to spend an afternoon, cooling down from the August sun. Not your usual everyday sailing trip and all the better for it! All the best for the future of your enterprise Dave.
Jasonab1 | Nottingham, United Kingdom | 11 August 2015

Highlight of our Barcelona weekend hen party trip !

Dave is a very friendly and helpful person and our tour was beyond our expectations. We surprised our friend for her bachelorette trip and this was def the highlight! Absolutely fantastic! We had an amazing 3 hour boat ride on the beautiful gemini boat. I can highly recommend this tour! If you want to enjoy a special boatride with your special one(s), this is for.
Michal_travels | Berlin, Germany | 11 July 2018

Beeindruckend! Definitive Empfehlung

Diese Jungs waren super hilfsbereit und flexibel. Wir mussten ein paar Mal umziehen und sie haben uns wirklich untergebracht. Der Preis war gut, wenn man bedenkt, was wir hatten und das Essen / Trinken Paket für zusätzliche 10 Euro ist es wert. Wir haben auch selbst ein paar Getränke mitgebracht. Skipper lassen Sie uns segeln, wenn wir wollten, gab es Musik (obwohl eine Bluetooth-Verbindung zu unseren Geräten eine gute Ergänzung wäre), es gab Sonne, es gab Bier, es war eine tolle Möglichkeit, 3 Stunden Sonnenuntergang zu verbringen!
wittehengel | Istanbul, Türkei | 2 May 2018

Amazing adventure at sea!

My husband and I did this as part of our honeymoon. We had so much fun! Dave was an excellent captain and polite host. The boat is truly a "classic sailboat" which gives it a lot of character and adds to the adventure.
sarah6082015 | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | 23 June 2015

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