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  • Wed

    Barrie Neilson – 'Mr Flotilla'

    7 for 7:30Cotswold Club

    Barrie Neilson was born in Dunedin, New Zealand. He started by racing motor cycles and was then introduced to sailing by a friend. Travelling to Europe in 1974 saw him joining FSC (Flotilla Sailing Club) in 1979 as a flotilla engineer and subsequently worked as flotilla skipper for six years in Greece, Florida and the former Yugoslavia.

    In 1983 Heidi Seville went out on holiday and decided that Barrie needed ‘sorting out’ and she is still struggling to do just that! Between them they decided to try to sort the company itself out. A proposal was put to the owner, Tom Keen, to take over responsibility for the business and this was accepted. In 1987 the name was changed to Sailing Holidays Ltd, to more accurately define what the company did, and they sprang into action with eleven Jaguar 27 yachts.

    Sailing Holidays Ltd is the largest British owned and operated flotilla sailing holiday company. They have been in operation for 40 years. They now have 178 yachts in Greece, all of which are run on flotilla sailing holidays around the Greek islands. Sailing Holidays Ltd remains the only non-corporate flotilla specialist in the United Kingdom.

    Barrie has become ‘Mr Flotilla’ with several books to his name as well, and countless articles aimed at improving sailing skills as well receiving the New Zealand Society Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 for his outstanding contribution to the New Zealand Community in the United Kingdom.

    We are likely to be in for a fascinating evening; Barrie is joined in his talk by his wife Heidi and two colleagues from the business.

    A – Lamb Shanks in a Tomato, Bean & Herb sauce with roasted new potatoes
    B – Skate Wing with Caper & Lemon Butter
    V – Stuffed Aubergine, Cous Cous & Mediterranean Vegetables (noting that a gluten-free variant of this also available).

    followed by – Selection of Desserts