Mate, PADI Diving Instructor
Martin, more commonly known as Smudge to friends and colleagues, is a former British Army mechanic. He has been sailing for over 10 years, gaining his RYA/MCA Yachtmaster certificate alongside a Masters degree in Sports Coaching, early in 2014. That summer was his first with Global Expeditions Group and led to 5 consecutive summers sailing in the British Virgin Islands. In Spring 2015, Smudge was first mate aboard Sea|mester vessel Argo from Cape Town, South Africa to Antigua in the Caribbean; going on to captain Argos sister-ship Ocean Star throughout 2016. Originally trained as an RYA Cruising Instructor, he became an ASA and IYT sailing instructor while residing in the BVI during 2017. After being displaced by Hurricane Irma, Smudge moved to the Isle of Wight, UK to teach full time in primary education. Following a year on a private yacht as a teacher and mate, Smudge is rejoining Sea|mester with another Atlantic crossing under his belt and his PADI dive instructor qualification.