Skipper Nic Bows Out
It’s now been over 15 years since I sent Luke Powell an email booking his next build slot in order to kick-off the build of what became the Amelie Rose. It’s been a long road since that day (30th October 2006) and there have been many highs and lows enroute. Notably I did not start this process alone – it would probably never have happened at all had it not been for the amazing work and support of Melisa – but since October 2013 I have essentially been running Topsail Adventures and Amelie Rose on my own.
I have of course been helped by loads of brilliant crews over the years – but actually sailing the boat and looking after our equally brilliant guests is really only a very small part of the business. The constant work of marketing, managing bookings and keeping the accounts up to date sucks up much of the time between trips, and there’s always a list of maintenance tasks to complete should any time remain free. Even making decisions about schedules and the direction that the business should be taking seem that much harder when there’s no one else to bounce ideas off.
I feel pretty pleased with what I have managed to achieve with both the business and the boat but doing this on my own has come at a fairly serious personal cost. And so, after over 15 years on the project, and 9 years of doing it alone, I feel that the time has come to make a definite decision as to my future, before burnout makes the decision for me. The current (2022) season will therefore be my last as Amelie Rose’s skipper, and I will not be publishing a schedule for 2023. After taking a break in October, my aim will be to focus on finding Topsail Adventures and Amelie Rose some new caretakers – folks who are ready to take both the boat and the business forwards into the future with renewed vigour and passion.
It’s not decision that I have taken lightly. Amelie Rose has been a part of my world for more than a quarter of my life and our identities have become entwinned. But every story needs an end, and this decision will allow me and her to part on good terms, rather than with harsh words and cold shoulders. I have many other things that I’d like to do before I fall off my perch, and now is the time for me to concentrate on these – leaving Amelie Rose to flourish with her new carers.
It is my fervent wish that both Amelie Rose and Topsail Adventures will continue on with the mission that I set all of those years ago. It’s my belief that both the business and Amelie Rose are in good shape to do so – sadly it’s me that needs to call it a day – but in doing so I hope that I will make the space for me to concentrate on finding the right folks to take the mission forward.
So, there we are… If you fancy sailing with me one last time then do check out the schedule and get booking. And let us all hope for a dry, warm, happy, and above all peaceful summer.
Nic Beck xx – 8th March 2022
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