Class of February 2019

    Arron Kirwan

    Arron Kirwan

    Arron worked on the Grand Union Canal as a maintenance/repairman, before that he spent a decade in the police. Like Jerry, Arron’s father was a carpenter and he would like to build upon his skillset.

    Arthur Stickland

    Arthur Stickland

    Arthur is the youngest in the class and wishes to follow his two brothers into carpentry. His love of woodwork comes from an appreciation of hand tools, preferring them over power tools.

    Chris Blake

    Chris Blake

    Chris left school to pursue a career in the motor industry but returned to education to train as an electronics engineer. Ultimately Chris enjoyed a 30-year career in the IT industry. His love of boats and the West Country drew him to Lyme Regis and joining the 40-week course.

    James Abney-Hastings

    James Abney-Hastings

    James spent sixteen years as a web developer before becoming a stay at home dad for his two girls. Now that they older, he is looking for another challenge and joined the 40-week course with the aim of working with either boats or wood after the course.

    Jerry Fleming

    Jerry Fleming

    For the last ten years Jerry has been teaching and composing music in London, but more recently he spent time as a deckhand and cook aboard a series of boats, gaining valuable experience. A carpenter’s son through and through, Jerry would like to brush up on his practical skills during his time here at the Academy.

    Jonathan Maiden

    Jonathan Maiden

    Until recently Jonathan was the Managing Director of an IT business. He is very much looking forward to the initial foundation woodworking stage of the course and hopefully going to build his own boat. Amongst his other achievements, Jonathan briefly held the title of World Bog Snorkelling Champion (according to Wikipedia).

    Jonathan Sheldon

    Jonathan Sheldon

    Jonathan retired eight years ago after a varied career in engineering, finance and investment. He sailed a basic dinghy in his youth but has since moved on to larger boats. Jonathan comes to the Academy with some basic knowledge of carpentry but wants to walk away with skills for life.

    Kate Abernethy

    Kate Abernethy

    Whilst building her house, Kate lives in a caravan with her dog – best described in her own words as ‘not a winning combination’. After the course, Kate would like to work as a freelance woodworker.

    Katie Hammond

    Katie Hammond

    Katie has been employed as a Sailing Instructor since the age of sixteen, though keen on boats and woodworking, she’s unsure of where the course will take her.

    Matt Holt

    Matt Holt

    Until recently Matt was living aboard his boat in Greece, acting as skipper for private chartered tours of the Ionian Islands. In his twenties, he built a recording studio and worked with local artists and musicians. He would like to gain key boat building skills so he can work both on and off the water.

    Michael Porter

    Michael Porter

    Michael has lived in Germnay for the last twelve years, where he worked as a CAD designer for the auto industry. His love of boats brought him to the Academy.

    Paul Osborne

    Paul Osborne

    Paul has held a variety of different jobs over the years, ranging from butchery, manufacturing medical equipment, building timber frames and recently in retail logistics. Paul is no stranger to the Academy, having enrolled on two short courses previously.

    Richard Lambert-Gorwyn

    Richard Lambert-Gorwyn

    Richard is from Totnes and has worked in boat yards since he was sixteen, mostly working on repairs and restoration. He would like to set-up his own business after the course.

    Scott Chapman

    Scott Chapman

    Scott has spent most of his life as a fisherman in his native Cornwall, he is looking to start up his own business building Cornish pilot gigs.

    Vera Vogelsanger

    Vera Vogelsanger

    Vera hails from Switzerland, where she has spent the last 18 months serving as deckhand aboard a sailing boat. She would like a career as a boat builder after the course.

    Will Cartwright

    Will Cartwright

    Before joining the Academy, Will worked as a Broadcast Engineer for many years, but finally gave it up to embark on the start of his boat building career.