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Les Sutcliffe - Biography
Les Sutcliffe was born in 1947 in East London at the end of a very cold winter. He puts his love of warm weather down to that.
His parents were poor, working-class people. Father was a postman and later to become a sub-postmaster in suburban London. Mother was a housewife until she went back to work when Les was 10 years old. At that point Les learned to cook (for 3 siblings who refused to eat the lunch prepared by a neighbour).
The interest that Les showed in sailing during his teens, reading many of the yachting adventures available at his local library, bemused his parents who knew Les would never be rich enough for such pastimes. And since he has taken up sailing, they have been proven right.
Les is a competent sailor and amateur sail maker and rigger. His cooking is good enough to have featured in an article on sea cooks in Wooden Boat magazine. He can make a fair Martini and loves good cigars and New World red wines.
Les first sailed on an Enterprise dinghy on the Blackwater in his teens during a flu epidemic! Since then he has sailed and raced yachts in Australia, New Zealand, Greece, Croatia, the Caribbean, England, Scotland and Ireland. He was owner/skipper of the J24 ‘Hot Chocolate’ on Sydney Harbour for 4 years in the early 80s.
Les has crewed in the Sydney to Hobart race in 1982 and 1984. He raced from Pittwater to Lord Howe Island in 1983 and 2004. He has cruised from Australia to New Zealand, from Sydney to Tasmania and round Tasmania (scary). He has also cruised the Australian east coast between Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef. Most recently he was member of the winning crew of Reverie in the 2004/5 ‘Gaffers’ summer series at the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club. He is a member of the Gas Sailing Association and the Cruising Association and holds a Yachtmaster ‘Offshore’ ticket with commercial endorsement.
He now spends much of his time aboard his narrowboat: ‘Mad Hatter’.
Sadly, Les is still in employment, albeit intermittently.