W. J. Bailey
BSc Hons SAMS AMS#461 IAMI #2601 MIIMS #993
Born in 1954 in England, moved to Trinidad at the age of 3 weeks.
Returned to the UK at the age of seven years. Moved to Tortola BVI in
First Atlantic crossing at the age of 3 weeks in a bathtub on an oil
tanker, it was too rough for the cot.
First 1000 mile Caribbean cruise at the age of 3 years with my parents on
their 35' wood sloop.
First own boat at the age of 4 years but was not allowed out solo
until I could swim at 5 years old.
First capsize at the age of 5 in my eight foot wooden gunter rigged
Won my first race as a helmsman at the age of 7 in England.
First offshore race at 8 years old.
First dismasting at 15 years (whilst acting as navigator in 35' sloop
in an offshore race).
First degree from London University in Zoology with honours in 1975.
First outboard motor qualification in 1975 for Suzuki Outboards.
First full time job was as a Fish Farm manager at Bewl Valley in the
South of England.
First sailing qualification was RYA Sailing Instructor in 1978.
First windsurfing qualification was RYA Instructor in 1981.
First full time sailing job was manager of two sailing centres in the
South East of England in 1980.
First world championship sailing win in 1980 Liverpool Bay Falcon One
Design called Hobby 111.
In 1989 I took two years off and went sailing throughout the Caribbean
on my 35' Trintella sloop.
I also did deliveries to and from USA and Canada from the Caribbean. I
settled down in Tortola B.V.I. And worked part time as a yacht skipper
until I took a 'Proper Job' as a Marine Surveyor.
Started full time marine surveying in 1995 and in 1997 qualified as an
Accredited Marine Surveyor with SAMS (Society of Accredited marine
Surveyors). I presently own a 1980 Hughes 38' fiberglass sloop which I
cruise in the Caribbean and race in local Yacht Club events. We took
first place in 1999 Spring Regatta, we won the 2001 Anegada race and took
first place in the 2003 BVI Spring Regatta.
One of my hobbies outside sailing is to monitor the nesting activities
of the marine turtles in the B.V.I. One hundred years ago there were
approx 750 green turtle nests here, last year there were less than 20
nests. I am trying to gather information on these remaining nesting
rookeries to help the Conservation and Fisheries Department and Town &
Country Planning Department preserve these nesting beaches and to protect
For more detail please go to Bill's CV