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Nic Compton was brought up on boats in the Mediterranean. After gaining an Honors Degree in English at Exeter University, he tried his hand at boatbuilding for a few years. While working in Greece he bought a 32-foot (9.75 m) William Atkins double-ender, sister ship to Knox-Johnston's Suhaili, which he sailed back to the UK. After a postgraduate course in journalism he became deputy editor, then editor, of Classic Boat from 1994-2000. He now works as a freelance writer, contributing to Yachting Monthly, Boat International, and Motorboats and Yachting — biography from Sailing Solo : The Legendary Sailors and the Great Races… (more)

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