Adrian Stead - a madforsailing profile

Farr 40 World Champion in 1998, top boat in the 1999 Admiral's Cup and winner of the 2000 Tour Voile
Where were you born? Poole, Dorset. What’s your date of birth? 20th February 1967. What age did you start sailing? I had an Optimist on a mooring at the bottom of my grandparent’s house when I was six, but I went sailing in my carrycot many times before that. What was your first regatta win? 1985 UK Youth Championships in the 420 class with Eddie Wilkinson crewing. What’s your biggest championship win? The Farr 40 World Championship in 1998 on ‘Barking Mad’ along with Gerry Mitchell and Peter Jones. Any other notable regatta wins you’d like to mention? Top boat at the 1999 Admiral's Cup on Barlo Plastics was pretty nice, but we didn’t get the Admiral's Cup itself. The Tour Voile 2000 was pretty awesome as well, because it was such a good team effort both sailing and onshore. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Poole, sailing Cadets and then 420s at Parkstone Yacht Club. I then went to Southampton University for four years (in the late-80s). Then I trained as a Chartered Accountant in Poole before going to help run a Cheese Business in London. What job do you do? Since 1995 I have been a professional sailor and project manager (with the occasional accountancy bits). If you weren’t doing the job you are, what would you be doing instead? Trying to use my management background to run something that would give me as much free time as possible. What other sports do you do outside sailing? General fitness, mountain biking, windsurfing, snowboarding. Any other hobbies or interests? Just relaxing, getting to see around the places that I compete in worldwide, and walking. Favourite method of relaxing? Chilling out with a nice bottle on wine on the deck at home (weather permitting). Favourite bar or pub? The Square and Compass down near Worth Matravers, because it's so small and there is a great walk along the cliffs there. What