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David Pyle

David Pyle was born to sailing parents, and started sailing himself as plump three-year-old ballast in his father's eighteen-foot clinker boat. He was given a reclaimed (having sunk) ten-foot dinghy on his eleventh birthday, became an avid reader of Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons tales, and later cruised and camped with school friends in Langstone and Chichester harbours. After a brief spell in the Army he became an instructor in sailing and rock climbing in North Wales, then relocated...See more