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On retirement from McCann Erickson Roger sailed his 48ft Ketch Timbuktu from Scotland to Palma in Mallorca where he set up the small company Publicitie Superyacht with international yacht photographer, Kiwi, Chris Moorhouse. They never made any real money but it was a good life. During this time being aware of all the foreign flagged yachts using Spanish waters with little evidence of the local kids doing any sailing, Roger founded the Spanish sail training organisation Joves Navigants Espana. (Young Sailors of Spain).

In the first year they had the use of the 150 ft square rigged Japanese brigantine Kaisei. Joves Navigants now operates its own 80ft ketch Galaxy and is presently planning on two more vessels, taking hundreds of young people to sea every year. As the Spanish Sail Training Organisation's Hon Vice President, Roger is currently liaising with European Universities and other Sail Training Organisations into recognising the importance of students spending time at sea, in order to be aware of the tremedous damage that over fishing and pollution of the oceans does to the environment.

Then the canals! As Roger says. ‘The thing about canals, if it blows force eight you can always get off!’ For a number of years (between sailing) he owned the narrowboat steamer Monarch. Built of riveted iron in 1908, with a magnificent triple expansion steam engine. One of the original canal cargo carrying steamers. ‘Never expected to buy her’ Roger said. ‘Made the owner a stupid offer and he accepted, Took me by surprise.’
Together with a grimy crew, including Big Pete Askey now of Taylor’s Boatyard in Chester and Pete Neville,
they steamed Monarch the length and breadth of the canal system. You can read about some of her exploits under the heading ‘Monarch’ on this site.

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