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New boat captain for Gentoo

Gentoo Sailing Team is delighted to announce Tim Rogers as boat captain.

Having first set foot on his fathers sailing yacht in Plymouth aged 6, Tim caught the sailing bug from an early age. Spending hours on end watching and learning, tied to the backstay, he soon discovered a love for the sport that has continued through to today.

After moving up the RYA dinghy levels as a teenager, Tim was soon sailing Mirrors and 420’s. He moved into the world of corporate sailing whilst continuing to race dinghies at every opportunity.

Having always been involved in the marine industry one way or another, for the past 15 years Tim has almost exclusively worked on racing yachts both as a member of the shore team and the crew. With six Fastnet races, countless RORC races and a transatlantic crossing under his belt, Tim is no stranger to competitive offshore racing.

More recent projects include supporting a number of Class 40 campaigns including the last two Route du Rhum races as boat captain, running ‘Sunrise’; the winner of the last Fastnet race, and assisting with the MOD70 Concise 10/Powerplay.

Tim will oversee all maintenance, repair, modification and optimisation work as well as working closely with our suppliers developing new solutions to improve the performance and reliability of Gentoo.

“It is a critical role as the boat is not just our racing machine, but also my lifeline when offshore so it's really important that the boat is well maintained and prepared safely - I’m really happy that Tim’s come onboard.” says James Harayda.

Tim will also be working with our Youth Program sailors to help teach them the skills needed to work on race boats from hardware maintenance to managing an evolving jobs list to prioritise.

Quick-fire questions with Tim:

Dogs or cats?


Favourite season?


Go-to karaoke song?

Get Lucky by Daft Punk

Favourite Film?

Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade

Favourite freeze-dried food?

Least detested you mean! Thai Red Curry

‘Perfect’ sailing conditions?

Sunrise going downwind in 20 knots

Top speed reached while sailing?

38 knots

Who is your sailing icon and why?

Pete Goss. He was a genuine amazing bloke; really nice to talk to but hard as nails. His visions were ahead of their times.

When you're not sailing, where can we find you?

Walking the dog in the New Forest with my family.

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