Meet OFF THE BEATEN TACK founder James, also known as ‘Jim’ or ‘Jimmy’.

Jimmy is a Commercially Endorsed RYA Offshore Yachtmaster and professional skipper who has over 10 years experience working within the sailing industry. 

Jimmy says "there is nothing in the world I enjoy doing more than professionally skippering a yacht and sharing my love of sailing and the sea with others. I have a great passion for the sea and what I do, and I try to express that through the core values of Off The Beaten Tack".

Jimmy is fully licensed to skipper yachts or power boats up to 250 tons and is capable of sailing his yacht alone but loves to involve his guest crew and enable them to help sail the yacht themselves as much or as little as they wish.

Jimmy says "I gain huge personal satisfaction from seeing my guest crew enjoy their time aboard the yacht, teaching them to sail so that they too can experience the thrill of handling a large yacht at sea whilst enjoying life and nature in stunning locations in the same way that I do".

Over the last few years Jimmy has travelled the world and sailed thousands of miles in all conditions. He has a trans- Atlantic crossing from France to the Caribbean under his belt and has sailed North Sea routes to Norway, Andaman Sea & Gulf of Phuket, as well as deliveries in the Mediterranean from France to Turkey, and a wealth of experience cruising the Ionian, Aegean and Adriatic Seas. 

If you're interested to know more about Jimmy's qualifications and experience, connect with him on LinkedIn.


First Mate


Carla has sailed with Jimmy and Off The Beaten Tack for 3 seasons as First Mate and Hostess in the Greek Cyclades and Argo Saronic Islands as well as the Andaman sea and Gulf of Phuket in Thailand. 

Carla is a great cook, the perfect BBQ hostess, fun and attentive with a wicked ‘Yorkshire lass’ sense of humour.

Carla’s role includes helping to manoeuvre the yacht when setting sails, anchoring and mooring in harbours. She’ll always be on hand to advise guests who want to get involved and lend a hand, and if you ask her very nicely she can even cut your hair. 

When not sailing Carla works as a professional hair stylist in her home town of Sheffield.


Bookings Manager


Paul looks after OTBT bookings from Cornwall, UK. He monitors skipper Jimmy’s e-mails and communications whilst he is at sea.

Paul has sailed since a boy in everything from small dinghy’s up to a 150 foot topsail schooner. His varied sailing experience includes pottering around Cornwall and the Channel Ports to cruising in sea areas as far afield as Thailand & the Falkland Islands. He currently sails a 25 foot traditional Gaff Cutter ‘Little Millie’ in his home waters of West Cornwall.

When not dealing with Off The Beaten Tack enquiries Paul operates St Michael’s Coastal Cottages and The Upper Desck - a Cornish family holiday cottage letting business and B&B in the small town of Marazion, the gateway to the amazing island fortress of St Michaels Mount. Check out for further details.

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Ship Dog


Aella is friendly Greek Rescue dog of uncertain parentage who joined the OTBT crew in 2016.

Aella has the Important role of keeping the crew motivated & fit by getting them to take her for walkies, going shopping together, digging holes on the beach, chasing sticks, guarding the yacht  and preventing stowaway cats (or other furry friends) from coming aboard. She has been sailing since a pup (that’s 14 years in doggy years) and enjoys meeting new friends and being patted.

Royal Yacht Association

skipper James is a commercially endorsed offshore yachtmaster, qualified and approved by the Royal Yachting Association