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Meet our latest members - Martin Rogers, Jonny Boys, Phil Carr and Kate Newman.

Martin Rogers

Martin Rogers has retired from a career in private banking, but he still doesn’t have a lot of opportunity for sailing.

“My sailing has been coloured by the fact that my wife dislikes the water so I generally only go away for three to four days. Mostly it’s just me and my brother in law, and not usually beyond coastal waters,” he said.

He’s been sailing with his brother in law for around 20 years and they shared a boat together since 2000. They jointly bought a Parker 275 lifting keelboat which they ran for five seasons in Sussex, convenient for the Solent.

When his brother in law moved down to Cornwall, it became increasingly difficult to get the value of the boat which they sold in 2006 and moved onto chartering for 2007, but encountered a number of problems. A mainsheet that failed; bedding that was soaked and a broken fridge.

They went to the this year’s boat show to try and find better sources of charter, but a visit to the Pure Latitude stand during the show turned them round from the idea of charter to fractional sailing.

“The chartering had been quite variable and although we perhaps could have found more reliable boats to charter, it’s hit and miss whilst you try them out” he explained.

“So the idea of something more predictable and dependable seemed very attractive. Added to that, I don’t sail very often so 20-25 days is ample, making Pure Latitude membership the best value option for the standard of sailing we want.”

“Having looked at some of the other shared ownership options, they may be good for families sailing together frequently but for us we would be paying for something that wasn’t fully utilised.”

Flexibility was a priority for Martin who was attracted to being able to take just a few days mid-week, and also the potential in future years of more than one base to sail from.

Variety of boats was another attraction. “When there’s just the two of us, we only need the smaller boat. But we have the choice of a bigger boat when there are more of us. That’s very attractive,” said Martin.

Martin first started sailing over 40 years ago when he joined his university sailing club and his first dinghy was a Kestrel, moving on in the mid 1970s to a Hunter Squib pocket cruiser, a 19ft keel boat. He later moved up to larger boats which he shared with others. It was back to dinghies when he moved to Buckinghamshire from Hampshire in the 1980s, sailing a Mirror on the Thames and another Kestrel on the South Coast, before joining forces with his brother in law.

Jonny Boys

Sailing for Jonny Boys has included everything from dinghies in the harbour to regattas and racing during Cowes Week.

“But being in the marine market myself I know too well that yacht ownership means lots of maintenance and worry,” says 33year old Jonny.

“I like sailing but I don’t want the hassle – so being able to book out time with a boat that will be ready to go should really work well.”

Jonny, who runs JBT Marine and ribsforsale.com, is planning to use his Pure Latitude membership as a company resource – for staff and entertaining customers.

“I’ve genuinely come to realise that unless you are going to use a yacht every week, then an arrangement like this really does make much more sense. All I want is access to the yachts and having the choice of different yachts is a great benefit as it can be tailored to the size of the party.”

As the manufacturer of the Ballistic RIB that’s included in the fleet, Jonny is quick to explain the attraction. “The great thing about a RIB is you don’t need to wait for the wind and it’s just quick and easy; instant gratification. For example if you want to go for dinner in Cowes, it only takes half an hour and you can’t do that on a Friday evening on a sailing boat.

“It’s a nice contrast when time is short or for family who are less keen on yacht sailing.”

Phil Carr

Phil Carr has been crewing on yachts for the past fifteen years and now he’s keen to organise his own sailing.

“I’m looking forward to the chance to take out a range of boats with members of my family and friends who sail,” he explained.

Phil, who started with dinghy sailing in his 30s, is also looking forward to his sons making the move from dinghies and joining him as crew. The small Beneteau is first in his sights and then the Dufour.

“We would like to go on and take out the Bavaria and the X,” said Phil, who lives near Romsey in Hampshire. “I’ve got my eye on the RIB too, for outings with the non-sailing members of the family.”

During the past 15 years, Phil’s had a mix of cruising and racing, sailing on a Sigma 38 some of the time. Cruising has included trips to Ireland and Holland, and his racing has included the RORC St Malo and the Round the Island races.

He added: “What I like is the tremendous potential of getting experience in different boats, compared with other shared sailing options. It seems like the best of all options.”

Kate Newman

Describing herself as a frustrated skipper, Kate Newman is looking forward to being able to select her own crew from amongst friends, family and people she has sailed with before.

The choice of what to sail comes high up Kate’s list too.

“I went for Pure Latitude because of the selection of boats,” she explained. “Lots of other boats out there are fundamentally in family cruising land. These boats are more true sports cruisers and I like the flexibility of having membership for a range of boats not just one particular boat.”

Born in Southampton, she sailed with her father until her mid 20s, then took a break before getting back into sailing in her mid 30s, with a mix of offshore cruising and racing. She also took the time to complete RYA Day Skipper theory and practice and then Yacht Master theory.

“Timeshare just seemed less hassle; easy access sailing,” said Kate who is most interested in the X37, closely followed by the Dufour and the First.

“I’ll be using them for different reasons at different times. The jewel in the crown in my plan for this year is to take the X to France.”

As a marketing consultant, working freelance with clients on branding and growth strategies, Kate’s time for sailing is flexible. “As a freelance I can make the choice to sail mid season and off peak. Apart from the French trip, most will be made up of two/three night trips, weekends and some odd days.”