Professional Sailing Services from Andrew Palfrey
I am a three time World Championship winner in the highly competitive Etchells
and 5.5 Metre classes. I have also won several National and State Championship titles
in both Australia and the UK across a range of classes.
Having started sailing in Melbourne, Australia, I transitioned from the junior cadet
dinghy class to one-design keelboats in the mid 1980’s. After several years of
competing at an international level, I embarked on eleven years of Olympic class
campaigning. Firstly in the Soling class, with Cameron Miles and James Mayo. Then
moving to the Star Class for eight years, crewing with Iain Murray. Myself and Iain won the right to represent Australia at the 2008 Olympics.
Since retiring from Olympic level sailing after the 2008 Olympic Games, I have returned to the Etchells class, accepting a position with iconic sailing figure John Bertrand, alongside five time Olympic medallist, Ben Ainslie. The following year, we were joined by Tom Slingsby (Olympic Gold Medallist). Together we won a World Championship in Howth, Ireland.
In 2017, I have teamed up with Rolex USA Yachtsman of the Year, Peter Duncan
aboard Peter’s new Canadian built Etchells.
I also actively sail my own Etchells on the Solent – GBR 1460 “Man’s Best Friend” which was built by “H” (David Heritage Racing Yachts) in the winter of 2017/18 in Cowes. It is a lovely boat and provides a platform for much tinkering, time-wasting and inventing.
I completed an apprenticeship in metal-work and welding with distinction in the
1980’s. I was awarded the title of Apprentice of the Year and was selected by the
Australian government to produce the Eternal Flame structure at the Australian War
Over the years, I have had several roles in the management of sailing events. Currently, I serve on the International Etchells Class as an elected Governor and on the Technical Committee.
I reside in Cowes on the Isle of Wight with my wife Kate and my three children.
I do enjoy time away from sailboats, much of which is on my road-bike. Yes, I am a MAMIL. I have enjoyed some epic experiences on my bike throughout the mountains of France, Spain, Switzerland and the USA. But my favourite rides are with mates on the roads of my hometowm of Melbourne and my adopted island – the Isle of Wight.