Training and preparation are essential for any offshore racing
crew which aspires to success. Steph Merry, Director of Focus
Offshore Ltd, offers the following services to improve your
boat’s winning potential.
- Campaign / project management
- Boat preparation and logistical support
- Crew training and mentoring
planning, navigation and tactics
- Rules requirements and safety compliance
- As skipper and campaign manager of the Yachting World
30 Bespoke in 2000, Steph was responsible for equipment
and sail specification, crew selection and training, performance
optimisation and logistical support for the boat’s
racing programme, which included Ford Cork Week and the
Rolex Commodores' Cup, French team.
owned and successfully campaigned the three-quarter tonner
Rollerskate for several years, Steph is aware first-hand
of all the problems which beset owners of racing boats.
to be an owner”.
- Steph has been skipper and campaign manager for several
all-female challenges in combined sailing and running events,
with particular success in 1993/4 when the team came second
in the Three Peaks Yacht Race and the Scottish Islands Peaks
Race. The skills required for such demanding campaigns include
fund-raising and sponsorship management, crew selection
and team-building, fitness training, back-up support logistics,
management of crew fatigue, sleep deprivation and nutritional
female team and their boat Severalles Challenge placed 2nd
in the Scottish Islands Peaks Race 1994