Our Team

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Simon Jinks
Director of SeaRegs Training and Plymouth Sailing School

Simon has a background in technical maritime journalism and writing in the marine press, including Yachting Monthly, Motorboat and Yachting and Motorboats Monthly. He was then a Chief Cruising Instructor for the RYA, managing the Yachtmaster programme for sail and motor vessels and RYA navigation and safety courses. This led him and his wife Vicky to launch SeaRegs Training over 10 years ago where Simon leads the development, design and delivery of marine training courses, the provision of safety, training and technical documentation and technical advice and consultation for vessels and organisations.

  • MCA Master 200/OOW 500
  • MCA Boatmaster Tier 1 Level 2
  • RYA Yachtmaster Instructor Examiner Sail and Power; RYA Yachtmaster Examiner Trainer; RYA Powerboat Trainer.
  • RYA Sea Survival Instructor Trainer; RYA SRC/VHF Assessor; RYA Shorebased Navigation Instructor.
  • RYA Diesel Instructor; RYA Radar Instructor; MCA/RYA Code Inspector for Certifying Authority.
  • RYA Recognition Inspector; SRC/VHF Inspector and Assessor.
  • He is a Fellow of Royal Institute of Navigation, Member of the Yachting Journalist Association and a YBDSA Yacht Broker.

Vicky Jinks
Director of SeaRegs Training and Plymouth Sailing School

With a wealth of maritime experience both on and off the water, Vicky is a very competent dinghy and yacht skipper, and her career prior to SeaRegs included working for the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and Olympic Solidarity, part of the International Olympic Committee.  Along with her husband, Simon, Vicky started SeaRegs training over 10 years ago and has navigated the company forward to now include over 10 employees and 4 boats.

  • RYA SRC/VHF Assessor
  • RYA Senior Dinghy Instructor with Keelboat Endorsement
  • RYA Powerboat Instructor
  • Commercially Endorsed Cat 3 skipper for vessels up to 24m
  • IMO 6.09 Train the Instructor Qualified

Marion Anderson
Office Manager

Marion has lived in Plymouth since she was 11 months old but was born in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, as her parents were working there at the time. Her father built an 18-foot Sharpie sailing yacht when she was three, and Marion still sails her now. 

Marion has had a variety of different jobs mainly in admin/office roles. She has been with SeaRegs Training since February 2017 and has enjoyed seeing the company grow quite rapidly in that time.

Hattie de Bari
Maritime Training Coordinator

Hattie is a Southern Italian marine biologist who has lived in a number of different countries around
the world and decided to settle here in Devon, where my mother’s family is from. She has worked on
aquaculture projects in Spain, Australia and at the National Marine Aquarium of Plymouth, as well as
in hospitality and as a travel consultant in Italy and Ireland. She enjoys wild swimming and
everything outdoors; cycling, hiking, kayaking and diving. In her spare time, (apart from playing fetch
with her 2 Sphynx cats), she volunteers with the Marine Biological Association doing intertidal
surveys on rocky shores.


Hattie has now been with SeaRegs training since early 2020 and she believes her personality
matches the environment in the centre – she has felt like part of the team from day 1.

Graham Walker
Full-Time Instructor

After a short Army career, Graham continued to pursue his passion for teaching and love of the water as a powerboat instructor in Salcombe. After a few years, and having graduated from Plymouth University with a degree in Building Surveying, Graham arrived at SeaRegs Training. 

When not on the water, Graham is a keen skier and outdoor sports enthusiast, who spends his time off the water up in the mountains or anywhere else an adventure may take him. 

  • RYA Yachtmaster Instructor Motor
  • RYA Instructor for Shorebased Navigation, VHF and Radar
  • RYA Advanced Powerboat Instructor
  • IMO 6.09 Train the Instructor Qualified
  • SQA Radar and ECS Instructor
  • STCW Personal Survival Techniques Instructor

Paul Cunningham
Freelance Instructor, teaching our MCA HELM (O), PSSR, Survival, Stability and Master 200 prep courses. Paul also teaches and assesses our AEC course and instructs navigation to ocean level

Paul started his career as a commercial fisherman (chief engineer). After 9 years at sea, he joined a firm of Marine Engineers as a Sales and Engineering Director.

Paul has gained numerous qualifications through the years and spends his time instructing, vessel surveying and compass adjusting. Relief Captain and/or deliveries of yachts and Superyachts to 3,000 tons. Marine Consultancy to a diverse selection of navigation and technical engineering companies within the marine market.

  • Diploma of Nautical Surveying
  • MCA Master 3000 tons (yachts)
  • RYA Yachmtaster Examiner for sail and power up to Ocean
  • RYA Diesel Engine Instructor
  • RYA Yachtmaster Instructor
  • RYA Instructor for Diesel, Radar, Survival, SRC/VHF Assessor
  • IMO 6.09 Train the Instructor qualified

Bryan Mermagen
Freelance instructor; Powerboat and Motorboat, RYA Shore based Courses

Originally a climber and mountaineer, Bryan changed his career path in his mid-30’s when he started his adventure at Plymouth Sailing School.

After gaining his Dinghy certificate, his first excursion was to demonstrate to his wife his new skills by sailing up the river Tamar. Not having taken much notice of the tide lectures, he found himself trying to return home against a strong tide and dying wind, returning home 2 hours late.

Bryan built his confidence and experience by racing GP14’s, Laser’s and Sigma 33’s, as well as delivering vessels of all shapes and sizes.

Even as an instructor, he is still learning and the advances in technology and the unconquerable weather makes this industry a very rewarding sport and career. You’re never too old to start!

Alan Jones
Fire-fighting, Diesel and Engineering instructor

Alan’s interest in maritime and mechanical engineering began after listening to stories from his late grandfather. That led to a 32-year career in the Royal Navy as a member of the Marine Engineering Department (and one of 4 generations having either served or serving).

Upon leaving the Navy more sea time followed with Holland America Line refreshing crew STCW qualifications.

Outside work Alan has interests in VW campervans and has converted his own van. Other interests include radio-controlled models and restoring vintage pedal cars. Married to Lynda, Alan has lived in Southeast Cornwall since joining the Navy in 1984.

Arthur Hunter
Freelance instructor, RYA shore-based courses, sail, powerboat and survival courses

Having packed in corporate life to go sailing, Arthur’s career saw him move from running charter fleets and flotilla sailing holidays into motor vessels and superyachts and then into instructing in both disciplines.

A move to Plymouth and the arrival of a young family saw a switch to shore-based and powerboat teaching, both of which let you go home after a day’s work.

Arthur is a Yachtmaster Instructor Sail and Motor, an Advanced Powerboat Instructor, RYA Navigation instructor and a GMDSS specialist. When he’s not instructing, he’s operating small commercial craft for other local businesses.

Philip Hammond
RYA Shore based instructor, London

Phil has spent his entire life in and around the River Thames. In 2017 he decided to leave his long-term management role in the City to follow his passion to work as well as play on the water. As a commercially endorsed Yachtmaster, holding the LKE for the River Thames, when not teaching in the classroom Phil can be found working on London’s busy stretch of water. As with many members of the SeaRegs’ team, Phil is a Sigma 33 enthusiast, co-owning and racing Woozle Hunter on the East Coast.

Simon Chapman

Simon’s introduction to sailing started 40 odd years ago where he learned his craft on the idyllic Helford River near his home in Cornwall. A great believer in combining traditional techniques with modern technology, Simon is equally at home with technical subjects like RADAR and Electronic Chart Systems as he is practical boat handling, navigation & sailing skills at all levels. 

Classic sailing boats and stand-up paddleboards find their way into Simon’s life when he has some downtime along with continual development of his technology-based skills to find new ways to make life more rewarding. If you want someone who’s equally happy talking about the virtues of the gaff rig or the latest in cyber-security developments, Simon’s your man.

Rupert Goolden
RYA Powerboat Level 2 and First Aid Instructor

Rupert was introduced to sailing whilst on a family holiday in Cornwall. On leaving school he started a youth apprenticeship in sailing where he met Simon Jinks who was one of the Senior Instructors there at the time. Rupert has continued to work and study in the Outdoor Industry, studying to degree level and also working as Duty Manager of a water sports centre as well as leading overseas expeditions. Whilst taking groups overseas he undertook extra training in expedition medicine. Several years later he found himself back meeting Simon at SeaRegs working on a freelance basis.

Currently Rupert enjoys time on the water with his family, taking to the water in various craft be it sailing or power.

Joe Lovelady
Freelance Instructor, MCA HELM (O), Stability and Master 200 prep courses

Joe was the Chief Admiralty Pilot for Plymouth, overseeing the safe passage of thousands of military, auxiliary and commercial craft, including the vast nuclear deterrent Vanguard Class submarines, in and out of city waters during his 41 years service.

Having previously served for five years with the Merchant Navy, Joe spent the latter 14 years working for the Queen’s Harbour Master as chief pilot at the Long Room port control station at Stonehouse.

Joe has worked his way up from working as a tug master on the much smaller tugs to shepherd to overseeing as the Chief Pilot the entire operation of assisting the largest vessels in the Royal Navy such as aircraft carriers and US Navy warships.

  • MCA Master 11/2
  • Admiralty Pilot
  • Navy CoC Master
  • IMO 6.09 Train the Instructor qualified

Jerry Webster
Freelance Instructor, teaching our ECDIS, SQA Radar, Crowd and Crisis Management, Security, PSSR, and VHF/SRC courses

Jerry first went to sea as a Cadet with the Cunard Steamship Company in 1977 he served on a variety of ships during his 4-year cadetship before taking his 2nd Mates ticket in 1981. He moved to Rowbotham Tankships in 1982. The Company owned the largest fleet of coastal product & chemical tankers trading around the NW European continent, whilst there Jerry worked up from 3/O to Chief Officer, gaining his Masters Certificate in 1988.

After a couple of years ashore as Assistant Marine Operations Manager, he moved to P & O Ferries, running from Portsmouth to Le Havre & Cherbourg for 15 years, serving on conventional, cruise & HSC ferries, working up from 2/O to Master, gaining the first command in 1997.

Jerry had a short spell as a “Fleet Safety Specialist” with Northern Marine, undertaking ISM Auditing and Fleet Training on ro-ro vessels & VLCCs.

In 2008 Jerry joined Meridian Marine Management as Master serving on many of their ro-pax & ro-ro vessels in the Baltic, North Sea & English Channel and laterly Travemunde in Northern Germany to Ventspils in Latvia.

  • Class 1 Master Mariner
  • Master HSC 91m and 81m various route
  • Various Pilot exemptions
  • IMO 6.09 Train the Instructor qualified
  • ISM Auditor
  • Ship Security Offier

Brian Deacon
Powerboat Level 2 and Sailing Instructor

Brian caught the boating bug at age 13 when he was trusted with an Avon Inflatable and a 10hp mercury outboard. After spending his teens hooked on speedboats, he worked as a trainee instructor for the first dedicated ‘Motor Cruiser School’ until he was 18! Feeling the need to have a proper, job he trained as a teacher and then was drawn into a career in sales and marketing but was converted from “The Dark Side” to sailing in his mid-20s.

He finally navigated himself back to his passion when he left the corporate world to take up Sailing and Powerboating Instructing. From his Devon home, he seizes every opportunity to get on the water and loves to pass on his knowledge.

James Whicheloe

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Bob Grant
Freelance Instructor

Bob Grant has an extensive maritime background, he’s one of our MCA AEC instructors and he also teaches a number of our RYA Practical and shore-based courses.

Daniel Cowler
Instructor and Apprentice curriculum manager

Danny’s career began in a small boat yard on the East Coast focusing on vessel repair, maintenance and rigging, which led to teaching sailing and powerboating for the Marine Society and Sea Cadets (MSSC). After acting as a freelance skipper on small workboats, Daniel moved into the offshore workboat sector where he quickly became a Master of international windfarm service vessels. This was followed by a move into the coastal and offshore towing industry.  Alongside this busy career, Daniel volunteered for the RNLI as a crew member based out of Walton on the Naze and Holyhead lifeboat stations.

Daniel is now a qualified marine surveyor and is approved by the MCA, so spends his time inspecting vessels for MCA code of practice compliance and teaching for SeaRegs.

Ben Weedon
Freelance Instructor

Ben Weedon is a watch leader and instructor with the Fire Service he teaches our MCA First Aid courses. Ben is also an RYA SRC Assessor and Powerboat Instructor.

Antonia Joyce
Marketing Manager

Antonia has a great love of the sea. Having grown up dinghy sailing in Chichester harbour and working for the family marine electronics company, she enjoyed sailing and racing extensively around northern Europe and qualifying as a Coastal Skipper whilst at university. This was followed by a few years working as a chief stewardess on superyachts in the Mediterranean and Caribbean enabling her to get a couple of transatlantic crossings under her belt.

After working at global advertising agencies in London for far too many years, Antonia relocated to Devon in 2019, where she enjoys gig rowing, yacht racing and boating with her family and has now found her perfect job, marketing at SeaRegs training. You can contact her at antonia@searegs.co.uk.

Kerri Cuthbert
Media Manager

Kerri grew up in a small village called Stilton, in Cambridgeshire, where she spent much of her free time kayaking the many canals and exploring the Norfolk broads on canal boats with family and friends.

Whilst working for a global publisher as a graphic designer and photographer, the company decided to merge with their Exeter branch, and Kerri agreed to relocate to Devon in 2011, where she enjoys sea kayaking and spending time with her partner at his family boatyard, Blackness Marine in Dartmouth.

You can contact her at media@searegs.co.uk.

Livvie Richardson
Marine Apprentice

As a recently joined SeaRegs team member, Livvie lives locally. Her passion for boats has come from a childhood sailing with her family, where she realised her love for maintenance. As a member of Plymouth Youth Sailing (PYS), she enjoys sailing and racing dinghies. Her marine apprenticeship will allow her to sample the many aspects of an apprenticeship before choosing which career path to take.

David Smith

Marine Apprentice

As an avid mechanic and motor-sailer owner, David is currently doing up his boat in order to cruise around the coast of Devon and Cornwall with his family. He recently joined SeaRegs after a career as a car mechanic and is looking forward to qualifying as a Workboat Master. You will find him maintaining boats, engines and classrooms at the SeaRegs training centre in Plymouth.