Rory GillardBoatshed Palma
About Rory Gillard
I started working with Boatshed Palma in January 2017.
What did you do before working with Boatshed?
I moved to the South Coast, and after a spell of teaching dinghy sailing, I did 2 seasons, working on a fishing boat. We were based out of Weymouth, on the South West coast. Fishing was mainly with charter groups, fishing the channel wrecks, as well as the races of Portland, and Alderney. I then moved on to work on yachts, running transatlantic charters and racing the Caribbean regattas.
After the excitement of all this, I moved across to working on luxury yachts, and ran an Oyster for three years, doing Mediterranean and Caribbean seasons, and the transatlantic crossings.
What attracted you to become part of the Boatshed team?
I just love being around boats and talking to people about boats!
Are you a motorboater or a sailor?
I was brought up sailing with the family in the Irish Sea. The family boat was a 23' bilge keel, which we upgraded to a 26' GRP version as we outgrew her.
What is your most memorable boating experience?
I competed in the Clipper race, firstly as skipper of 'London Clipper' 02/03. then 'Glasgow' Clipper 05/06, in the biannual Round the World event. I joined 'London' in Hawaii, and raced to the finish in Liverpool. I joined 'Glasgow' in Freemantle, WA, and again raced to the finish in Liverpool.