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Alastair Duns

Alastair Duns

Sailing Sailing
Sports Sport

I have been taking part in team sports for most of my life, playing rugby in school from an early age through to rowing whilst at University. I developed my coaching from very early on whilst training the novice (beginner) rowing crews and understand the need for keeping things as simple, fun and interesting as possible whilst helping teams progress as a unit.

After graduating in 2003 with a degree in French, Spanish and Business studies, I spent a year teaching languages at a school in Nottingham where I continued my rowing and coaching at the University of Nottingham Trent. After an injury prevented me from training for most of the year, I decided to leave Nottingham and head to Spain to live and work on my dad’s boat. I fell in love with boats and sailing there and then. After a year in the corporate world, working back up in Newcastle for Sage UK, the accounting software company, I decided to take the plunge and do my Yachtmaster and I have not looked back since. Racing, coaching and working has taken me all over the world. From some of the most prestigious Superyachts as mate and engineer, to Skippering 20 metre stripped out racing yachts whilst training Round the World Race crews and racing in some of the best-known yacht races worldwide.

Having studied languages and lived abroad, I have an invaluable insight into cultural differences and how the use of language can affect the culture of teams. I also understand and have a fascination with how cultural differences can affect how teams work as well. Fluent in French and Spanish, I can give a unique insight into communication, team development and leadership.

I look forward to using all my leadership, language, communication and coaching experiences to help you and your teams realise their full potential.

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