Yacht Racing Services from Andrew Palfrey
Andrew is a world class crew, specialising in one-design keelboats.
He is a winner of three world Championship trophies in the highly competitive Etchells
and 5.5 Metre classes. He has also won several National and State Championship titles
in both Australia and the UK., across a range of classes.
Andrew started sailing in Melbourne, Australia. He transitioned from the junior Cadet
Dinghy class to one-design keelboats in the mid 1980’s. After several years of
competing at international level, Andrew 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 8 years, crewing with Iain Murray. Iain and Andrew won the
right to represent Australia at the 2008 Olympics.
Since retiring from Olympic level sailing after the 2008 Olympic Games, Andrew returned to the Etchells class, accepting a position with iconic sailing figure John Bertrand, alongside five-time Olympic medallist, Ben Ainslie. The following year John and Andrew were joined by Tom Slingsby (Olympic Gold Medallist). Together they won a World Championship in Howth, Ireland.
Of late, Andrew has teamed up with Rolex USA Yachtsman of the Year, Peter Duncan
aboard Peter’s new Canadian built Etchells.
Through his long sailing career, Andrew has also displayed an ability to help others. He
has been acting as a coach to elite level sailing teams since 2003.
Andrew has repeatedly displayed a talent for helping teams at all levels realise their full
potential, whilst also focusing on helping to create an enjoyable learning environment.
Andrew spent three years as Head Coach for the Artemis America’s Cup Team.
Over recent years, Andrew has coached World Championship winning teams in several
one-design Keelboat classes, including Farr40’s, Farr30’s, RC44’s, Etchells and Star. He
also helped guide an 18foot skiff team to success at the highest level.
In 2018, Andrew’s list of clients spanned from a 100ft long super yacht with 26
professional crew, to a 20 foot one-design J70. He is comfortable in a group setting with
a large and diverse team.
Considered an all-rounder as a coach, Andrew’s parallel elite sailing activities are a
constant reminder to him of what sailing teams and sailors need to hear from a coach
and when they need to hear it.
Andrew currently enjoys recognition as one of the world’s most sought-after sailing
Andrew completed an apprenticeship in metal-work and welding with distinction in the
1980’s. He 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 Andrew has had several roles in the management of sailing events.
Andrew currently serves the International Etchells Class as an elected Governor. He
also serves on the Technical Committee for the Etchells class.
Andrew resides in Cowes on the Isle of Wight with his wife Kate and their three children.