One of David’s first contracts in the 1970s was to build police boats on the Thames. His yacht brokerage sold motor boats and yachts to celebrities and yachtsmen around the world. During the 1970s he campaigned Solings, representing Great Britain on numerous occasions, and as an Olympic trialist in 1972 and 1976. He raced Darings in Cowes for many years, and later was a fierce competitor in the Dragon class.
Currently David races the classic yacht Jap, a Cork One Design Gaff Cutter, built in 1897. David won the Panerai British Classics with Jap in 2012, winning an unprecedented full five races of the series. He is taking her to the Mediterranean for the 2014 race series.
David has owned and restored an interesting collection of motor boats, as well as racing yachts. His first motor boat was the 26’ wooden Little Vanity, a tender to the classic Vanity. He bought the motor yacht Trevega in 1987, Trevega was designed in 1961 by Arthur Hagg. She was built for speed in the 1960s, with innovative features for the time, such as expandable fuel tanks and concave frames. Trevega was the prototype for the Queen’s Barge which hung on Britannia; Britannia always honoured this connection by dipping her ensign to Trevega, if Trevega came alongside.
In 1999 David bought Auriga, a 60’ steel Cammenga, a little ship moored in Genoa. He sailed her back to England, and began a programme of restoration. Prodigious his 54’ Nelson was a familiar sight on the Solent for many years.