The Skipper:

Cyprian Heckstall was born in Ibiza, Spain but grew up on a small holding in Cornwall. His sailing career started at 5 aboard a 9 ton Hillyard and since then his family have owned a variety of cruising boats travelling to Brazil, Venezuela, the East & West Caribbean, Scandinavia, Northern Europe and the Mediterranean. At the age of 17 he travelled to the US with a suitcase and a guitar and earned his keep as a motorcycle courier before travelling across the country on a Honda FT 500 motorcycle and worked his passage back to the UK from Annapolis, Maryland. He returned to the UK to study and got a degree in Marine Studies from Plymouth University. The last 22 years have been spent managing large oil and gas projects around the globe from Paris to Norway and from Angola to Singapore.  He has more than 10,000 delivery and cruising miles under his belt. In 2008 he bought Yemaya in Mallorca and refitted her in 2012. He is a commercially endorsed RYA Yachtmaster. He and his family operate Bowman Yacht Charters from their home in Cornwall.

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