Jess was a little late to the sailing party, taking her first step aboard a Tall Ship when she was 30. Which is not all that surprising having been born and raised in land-locked Birmingham. She soon caught up however, after a life changing trip through Classic Sailing on Dutch Brig, Morgenster and subsequently volunteering all of her spare time on the heritage sailing trawler, Pilgrim of Brixham .She eventually left her career in the education sector to take on National Historic Ships UK’s SHTP2 traineeshipin 2019.
Jess spent 2021 “ship hopping”, building on the skills gained by the traineeship by sailing around 15 ships all with different rigs around the country. Jess has worked in a variety of roles onboard from Mate to Cook and now runs a traditional ships podcast – ‘Off Watch’