Having worked within the marine industry and sailed professionally all my life, I have a vast knowledge and experience of yacht and boat management, repairs, refits, deliveries, brokerage, new boat sales and yacht racing.  I can offer assistance with any yacht and boat related issue both within the marine industry and to the private owner.

  • Yacht deliveries
  • New boat demonstration sails
  • Customer hand-over sails
  • New owner post sale tuition 
  • Hands on help organising and commissioning new and pre-owned yachts 
  • Winterising boats and yachts
  • Boat guardinage
  • Yacht and crew race preparation and tuition on all levels, including racing with owners and crew
  • Office and yard assistance during busy periods or holidays
  • Staffing at marine shows and exhibitions
  • General assistance to the marine trade and private owners

Over the years I have gained invaluable experience and knowledge of every aspect of yachts and boats and if I don’t know the answer, I will certainly know someone who does!     

I am RYA Yachtmaster  Offshore qualified.


"John is such an experienced, all round skipper that you can trust him with with the hardest delivery trips, for example Gibraltar to Hamble with Blue Vortex in November.  He knows how to get the best out of a boat and I always learn something new when I am sailing with him.''

- David Carratt, Owner X46 'Blue Vortex'


'’Many thanks again for all your guidance, helpful tips (and actual boat maintenance!) and cheery demeanour.  Yesterday out on The Solent for the start of The Fastnet was a particular treat.’’

- Owner Hanse 455, Hamble


"John skippered our new yacht from Hamble to Guernsey.  Highly professional and with a reassuring sense of calm, John was a pleasure to sail with.  He also gave plenty of practical tips and invaluable tuition along the way.  I would strongly recommend him."

- Stephen Ozanne, Owner Hanse 315, Guernsey


"Having had a new Moody AC41 built in Germany we wanted to sail her home ourselves, but lacked the experience needed to navigate through the Baltic and North Sea.  John proved to be a proficient skipper with considerable local knowledge of the area.  Our confidence in his ability was strengthened as we had to deal with two Atlantic storms and a fouled prop before reaching our home port.  He was easy company on board and our sailing knowledge improved no end under his expert guidance.''

- Diana Acland, Owner Moody AC41 'Kraken'


“John helped us become familiar with a Hanse 458 we had to bring to the UK from Greifswald in Germany.  He is a fountain of knowledge and excellent company.  We gleaned an enormous amount of information from him in the six day and night voyage.  A meticulous organiser that I would recommend to anyone wishing to relocate their boat or to introduce them to a new boat.”

- George Wright, Owner Hanse 458 'Hoo Ha'

Recent long distance deliveries include:

  • Hanse Factory, Greifswald, Germany to UK - Moody AC41, Hanse 458, Hanse 508 (x2), Hanse 548 and Hanse 588
  • UK to Greece - Hanse 508
  • UK to Southern France - Hanse 57
  • Holland to UK - Grand Soleil 50 
  • Northern Spain to Southern Portugal - X49

I have also undertaken numerous shorter deliveries such as South and East Coast UK and cross-Channel trips.


Having learnt to sail dinghies at a very young age by being pushed off the beach by my father at West Wittering, I have followed my passion for the sea and boats throughout my life. 

Professionally I started work in the  mid-70's as a yacht broker with Castlemain Marine and whilst continuing my career as a yacht broker, I have also  over the years sold new boats for Sigma Yachts, X-Yachts, J-Boats and Grand Soleil.

Having successfully raced at a high level, including the Admirals Cup, Commodores Cup and three Fastnets, I have won both Cowes Week and Cork Week overall, plus numerous  club and national championships. 

I am a qualified RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and have skippered countless local and long distance yacht deliveries, including multiple trans-Atlantic crossings, UK to Med, Baltic to UK, Irish Sea, North Sea and more Channel crossings than I care to remember!  I have extensively cruised Worldwide with family and friends.

John Lawrence


+ 44 7850 167 287


Chichester Harbour, West Sussex