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James Mackenzie

James MackenzieMe in 3 – Calm | Capable | Laid Back

Place to Play – The southern reaches of the Outer Hebrides, anywhere that the water is clear, blue and deep enough for Eda!

Not a lot of people know this – I have never had an inside based job.

Mini Bio – I have spent my working life on and around boats, from my first job out of school working in a boatyard on Lake Windermere, to now running Eda Frandsen, and a whole lot in between. I have racked up in excess of 100,000 miles at sea, including 6 trans-atlantics, one of which was singlehanded, on a whole variety of boats. My true passion is for sailing traditional boats, maybe not the fastest off the blocks, but certainly the most rewarding, seakindly, and as far as I am concerned, beautiful. I find myself happiest when seeing others learn the arts of sailing a big old boat, and discovering all the joys, satisfaction and wonder that being at sea can bring.


Adventurer's Stories about James

Always had information and knowledge about where we were.
Wendy Somerville
The guides were very informative and allowed us plenty of time for off-shore trekking
Beth Spriggs
Comments made earlier - simply put - they were a brilliant team.
Robert Steele
The crew were outstanding. Gabe, the skipper kept us informed of the plans for the day and if correction was required to any jobs we were doing let us know tactfully and explained why. James, the mate was absolutely on top of the job, did what he needed to do but allowed us to get on with jobs he had assigned, only helping if we were doing something wrong; as a result I think we all learned a lot. Also he was great fun and so obviously enjoying his job. Finally Chloe, the magician in the galley who provided a nearly constant supply of home cooked food throughout the week. It is testimony to the quality of the food and the thought that has gone into menus that despite the amount of cake eaten I had still lost weight when I got home.
Martin Charlesworth
The skipper reviewed each days sail after dinner and outlined what we could expect the following day. He also kept us regularly updated on weather and pointed out landmarks and sea life along the way.
Virginia Thomas
Skipper Gabe and 1st mate James were extremely helpful through out the trip. James was hysterical and made us laugh the whole time.
Eileen Kiernan
Much info given about each island.
David Hall
Very suppprtive and knowledgeable, great fun to be with.
Claire Lindsay
Wonderful, wonderful and wonderful. And Sam too, a great little bonus
Jamie Bush
The 3-person crew were exceptional - laid-back, friendly, kind, and always looking out for us.
Mary Dunn
As mentioned, they gave us a good variety of scenery and activities at our different anchorages and "lunch stops".
Terry Challis
The crew was very observant of the different ability levels present
Patrick Hallenbeck
Took the time to answer a thousand questions, planned a really fun and diverse itinerary, just were really fun people.
Lisa Spader
Well done! with a very varied group of strangers.
Tracie Wright
great local knowledge
Mark Braithwaite
James and Mel were both excellent - good fun but also clearly very competent at sailing - so reassuring for beginners. As said earlier, there wasn't really much in the way of teaching - or we were generally just told what do do in terms of helping sail - which wasn't a problem - just reflecting after the event whether I should have asked "why" more - and also used opportunity to learn from their experience. I could of course have asked - and didn't - but might be worth asking up front what people want out of the week.
Jon Meeten
Crew were excellent. Extremely skilled in what they do. Patient with those who knew nothing! Gave as much instruction as was required and more if wanted. They were informative and knowledgeable about area. Crew were great company and intent on making our experience a good one.
Susan Mackenzie
Both James and Mel were great. They were more than good at what they do and conducted the week with humour and understanding.
Paul Grandy
James and Melissa were willing to take us ashore whenever possible and hgave us wondeful apportunities to explore the wildlife
Christobel Ardley
Skipper and mate were excellent - experienced, skilled, and very good with people.
Philip Hetherington
James is very knowledgeable both about sailing and the waters we were sailing in. In the end it almost became a challenge to find a question he did not know the answer to. Finally found one (what is the total size of Skye). However, James is never one to be defeated. He went off & a short while he was able to tell me its exact size. (Sadly I have forgotten what it was, though I do remember it is big!). I hope I never compete against him in a pub quiz!
Stuart Redhead


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