Nicholas Gray has had a lifelong passion for boats and sailing. He has taken part in the Two Handed Round Britain and Ireland Race and the Azores and Back Race; he has sailed widely round the coasts of Western Europe and the Mediterranean; has taken part in the UK Three Peaks Race, and has crewed in many RORC ocean races. He is a solicitor who also worked in merchant banking and in the oil and gas industry. He has had an interest in a sailmaking company and once owned a boatyard which specialised in the restoration of classic wooden boats. When not sailing, Nicholas divides his time between his homes in Sandwich in Kent and in south-west France. Now retired, he is a member of the Association of Yachting Historians and has written two books of nautical history - Last Voyages (Fernhurst Books 2017) and Astronauts of Cape Horn (Conrad Press 2018).