Debbie Purser

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Member since
6th January 2009

Debbie is a regular tall ship sailor and charter skipper on traditional boats. She set up Classic Sailing with her partner Adam in 1996 and was lucky enough to launch and name our first charter boat Eve of St Mawes. Debbie has skippered this gorgeous wooden pilot cutter for over 11 years, but has also worked with many classic boat owners and tall ship organisations around the world to help promote sailing holiday experiences to a wider audience.
Debbie loves working aloft on square riggers and has sailed as guest, volunteer and professional crew on Bark Europa, Historic Sailing Ketch Bessie Ellen, Brixham Trawler Leader, Schooners Malcom Miller & Winston Churchill, Barques Lord Nelson and Tenacious, Brigs Stavros S Niarchos and Prince William and skippered artist Arthur Bristoe's boat Golden Vanity and gaff cutter Chloe May. Occasionally she breaks with tradition to sail big yachts like Whitbread Round the World yacht Lion New Zealand, if the sailing location is good.

Classic Sailing

Debbie Purser's activity

  1. April 2009
  2. Debbie Purser reviewed Isles of Scilly Sailing in The United Kingdom

    The Isles of Scilly is a granite archipelago 35 miles west of Lands End, UK. The full fury of the North Atlantic hammers its shores in the winter months, but on a good day in spring or summer it looks more like the Seychelles. The boundary between land …"

  3. Debbie Purser rated Isles of Scilly Sailing

  4. January 2009
  5. Debbie Purser rated Sailing the Southern Ocean on a Tall Ship

  6. Debbie Purser reviewed Sailing the Southern Ocean on a Tall Ship in Antarctica

    A surreal feeling came over me that we were sailing close to the edge of the world. In older times the ship’s crew would be expecting dragons. Out there in the fog were strange dark shapes. The ocean was writhing with real sea creatures and all man…"