Quantum Leap RTIR Crew List

Posted: 6 June 2014 by Jim Barden in Round the Island Race
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This year Nomad 1 will be chartered, skippered and crewed by graduates of Nomad Sailing. We are very excited to see them racing on their own  AND at the opportunity of being able to race against them on a matched boat, another Sunfast 37 called Quantum Leap.  This year’s crew for the challenge boat then :

Lou Barden (Skipper and Tactician)

I love being on the water, and sailing is my passion.  Since a career change in 2008, and a 2500 mile delivery trip from Greece to UK. I started Nomad Sailing with my bro, and as well co-running the business, spend a lot of time instructing on Nomad 1.  Love it.

Ambitions in the near future to cross the Atlantic either as part of the ARC or solo, then later to do a circumnavigation.  Looking forward in the immediate future to this race and taking Quantum Leap through the finish line first.

Alex Grace

Learned dinghy sailing at the Welsh Harp in London with Wembley Sailing club (level one and two) and then took Day Skipper theory with them –  took the practical exam with Yuksel Sailing in Marmaris Turkey. I then did yacht master theory, again at Wembley and am currently building up miles in order to take the Yacht master theory exam. Have also taken part in sailing trips on the Solent with my teacher Andrew McCulloch.   Sailing ambitions – eventually to own a boat in Turkey. I am planning on sailing at 53 footer from Volos in Greece to Marmaris this October – and most importantly – hoping to survive the Round the Island Race in one piece!! Still learning and very keen on getting as much experience as possible.


Mike Malham

3rd Time doing this race with Nomad Sailing.  Becoming a veteren!

Love it !


Stuart Rumley

S Rumley

I first tried sailing on a Competent Crew course in the BVI’s and loved it, then decided to take it further with a Day Skipper course with Nomad Sailing in the Solent – thinking that I would do the course in the UK, then become a fair weather sailor in places like the BVI’s.  Since trying sailing in the waters of the Solent and loving it I’ve decided that getting wet and cold is a price worth paying, and part of the fun.  The RTIR 2014 is going to be my second experience of racing, so I’m really looking forward to it!

Nigel Townley

N Townley

Learnt to sail between mill wall dock and the Caribbean. Went on to do day skipper with Nomad last year and now looking forward to my second race.

Wayne Lloyd

Details to follow

Chris Hill


Coastal Skipper (thanks Jim!).Just come back from six weeks sailing from Tahiti to Tonga through the Society Islands, Cook Islands, Niue and Vava’au. In past have done various holiday charters in Med and Caribbean, the ARC and some racing in the Solent.

Mel Ridge

Details to follow

  1. […] pay) Jim & Lou to let us loose on their beloved Jeanneau Sunfast 37′. Lou is skippering Quantum Leap, another Sunfast 37′, so you can bet she won’t want us beating her. Sounds like a […]

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