Setting the standard

Carol Cronin talks to Dawn Riley, the former Whitbread Race and America’s Cup skipper who since those heady days of major league competition has been developing an internationally renowned ‘sailing centre’… though two words cannot come close to doing justice to a vast menu of educational programmes all known simply today as Oakliff Sailing

Most of us excel at either: longterm vision (choosing a route that will best get us around next week’s low pressure system, say); or diving into the details (like getting our hands dirty to fix everything those damn sailors broke today). Dawn Riley – professional sailor, inspirational speaker, designated grocery shopper – somehow manages to thrive and inspire at both ends of this spectrum. And though her no-BS manner has often got her into trouble she’s finally landed in a place where she can use her entire toolbag of skills to create an easier path forward for anyone wishing to follow in her footsteps.

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