Tom Cunliffe

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Tom Cunliffe
Born1947 (age 7374)
Occupationyachting journalist, author, and broadcaster

Tom Cunliffe (born 1947) is a British yachting journalist, author and broadcaster.



Cunliffe learnt how to sail in a 22 ft gaff sloop as a teenager on the Norfolk Broads. [1] After studying law at university, he chose not to enter the profession and effectively ran away to sea instead. [2] He has worked as mate on a coasting merchant vessel and skippered private yachts as well as having been a delivery and charter skipper. He was a sailing tutor for many years, progressing from running a dinghy sailing school in the south of France to becoming a senior offshore instructor at the British National Sailing Centre in Cowes. He has been a qualified yachtmaster examiner since 1978. His many cruises in his own yachts span the Atlantic from the Arctic to the South Atlantic, east to west as far as you can go. He and his wife are keen motorcyclists and have crossed the American continent in both directions, each riding their own machines.

Career as journalist, author and broadcaster

Cunliffe has been a regular contributor to Yachting Monthly, Yachting World , Sail magazine and Classic Boat for many years. [3]

A professional writer since 1986, Cunliffe has won the Best Book of the Sea award twice, for Topsail and Battleaxe and Hand, Reef and Steer. [4] He is author of the important Shell Channel Pilot for the English Channel.

In 2010 he presented the award-winning six-part BBC documentary series, The Boats that Built Britain .

Personal life

When not sailing his 44 ft cutter Constance, Cunliffe lives in the New Forest with his wife Ros where he rides a large motorcycle, grows roses, and drives a 1949 Bentley. [5]

Selected bibliography

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  1. Official website
  2. Southampton Boat Show website
  4. Summersdale
  5. "Tom Cunliffe". 2011 Southampton Boat Show. Archived from the original on 24 April 2012.