Marcus is the Skipper onboard. He is in charge of the overall safety and well being of the ship. Marcus is a RYA qualified Yacht Master offshore and offshore Medic. Marcus has been living , sailing and skippering boats for nearly all his adult life. He is a talented woodworker, fabricator and mechanic too. Marcus built the Grayhound with a team of shipwrights so he knows every inch of her. He has skippered her for over 70, ooo miles and sailed with over 500 guest crew. Marcus loves above all introducing more people to sailing, the cargo voyages are going really well and add a new challenge to sailing the boat. Marcus also coaches students at Plymouth University Maritime Science course on their annual field trip aboard Grayhound.
“We felt absolute safety with you in charge, no mean feat with us rabble aboard, you seemed completely relaxed with oldies and youngsters alike, introducing us to the basic skills of sailing Grayhound (2-6 heave!), the canons, the gig rowing, the night sail, Scavenger Diving Service and the beautiful beaches and islands of the Scillies. Not to mention your endless enthusiasm for another sailing tale (or interesting tale on any subject) and tolerance in answering the never ending stream of questions from us and watching us do it wrong…. again, whilst clearly simply having huge fun sailing your boat. It was a joy to share your passion for your ‘home’ and the sea.”
Freya Pomeroy-Rowden is the cook aboard and runs the admin side of the business. She and Marcus know working on board as a couple can be challenging and believe that the skipper and cook roles can have a very harmonious working relationship. Freya aged thirty five is a competent sailor in her own right, she has now sailed around the North Atlantic Ocean twice and is a qualified RYA Ocean Yachtmaster and Radio operator. She has previously worked for Trinity Sailing Trust crewing as Mate and Cook on their three traditional vessels.
Freya says ” we already cook with Free Range eggs and meat from the butchers and i source local, seasonal veg. There will be the usual mixture of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes.” Freya is also very interested in attempting to run a business that treads as lightly on the earth’s resources as possible, especially reducing single use plastic. At the beginning and ends of the season Freya will be replaced by another excellent cook as she is ashore doing the school run.
“Although equally at home on deck, it was your culinary skills that were truly impressive. We could not believe that you catered for so many people with apparent ease, only really getting a teeny bit of help from us lot in the washing up department. We ate like kings, thank you, and timing of things like tea arriving in the washing up bowl out of the hatch, along with a freshly baked cake, was truly splendid. We had probably not really thought about tea, but hey presto there it was coming out of the hatch and marvellous it was to behold! The cake that arrived on one of our last days was particularly good and I think you gave Alison the recipe. Hugo announced that he will make a cake like that every day from now on and so far has managed one (delicious it was) and he is working on it from there.”
Malachi Pomeroy-Rowden is the youngest member of crew. Malachi was born in the summer of 2011, his due date was on race day at Looe Luggers Regatta, with the safety boats ready to take a very pregnant Freya ashore Malachi held on and was born a week later in Plymouth. Since his arrival he has mainly being surrounded by shipwrights and machinery We as his parents are very much looking forward to showing him the world afloat and sharing our travels with him. He has a lovely temperament and we hope you will enjoy his company. He is very used to being around lots of people and fitting in with things. He has a beautiful cabin on board, Grayhound is very much his home and where he feels safe. Malachi will join us for the high summer months only this year as he is now in school.
Customer feedback summer 2013
‘ It just would not have been the same without Malachi !!! He was a great part of the general team and we loved having him around. Before the trip, we did wonder how it would all work with a 2 year old on a boat, but he is amazing.’
The watch leaders and deckhands
This year on grayhound we have a mix of Cornish and French crew. Jasper (left) is Cornish and this is his second year with us. Jasper is a keen photographer also after just graduating from Falmouth Uni. Pierre Emmanuel ( centre) is French and we met him through the boat grapevine, we were impressed by him and invited him to join us and glad we are too we did that. Pierre studied Law at university and is learning the ropes of Grayhound very quickly. Xeva (right) is new to traditional boat sailing and is sailing as deckhand with us to learn how it all works.