Jolly Roger is Flying After Winning Visit


A visit to this year’s London boat show has won 747 pilot Roger Brown an all-areas pass to a pontoon that packs a punch…

For he’s the winner of a full membership package with Pure Latitude, the fractional sailing club, giving him access to a £500,000 fleet of sailing yachts for a year.

The long haul pilot took up sailing eight years ago after a lifetime of adrenalin fuelled sports, which has included 1500 parachute jumps, eight London marathons, and scuba diving across the world.

Flying to exotic locations in his job has given opportunities for yacht charter in Thailand and the Grenadines, and in the UK he’s been joint owner of a Hunter Ranger 265, sailing out of Chichester with a fellow pilot.

He says: “We were looking to get a bigger boat, but the Pure Latitude experience is great and I can get a much better idea of what to go for next with long term trials. That sort of experience isn’t usually easy to get.”

Of the five-strong Pure Latitude fleet, which includes a First 27.7 and an X37, Roger currently has his eye on the Dufour 34 and is looking forward to trying out the 6.5m rib, a hang-over from his scuba diving. With the £5,000 Membership he’s won, he is set to get around 25 days of sailing over the coming year.

He added: “Being Solent-based will be great, as that will give us much more time for sailing.”

Pure Latitude take delivery of the fleet for their Hamble base in April, the launch venue for their new style of fractional sailing, which gives members access to a choice of different performance cruisers at a choice of locations.

Pictured: Roger Brown – getting set to enjoy the £500,000 Pure Latitude fleet on the Solent