The Crew


Sally Currin


Sally is an RYA Yachtmaster with 20 years of offshore experience. She began her sailing career in 1996 with an early season delivery from Weymouth to the West Coast of Scotland in our first boat SHIMSHAL I - a Sigma 38. The boat was new to us but was in a fairly distressed state which meant that the trip was plagued by gear failure. She learned her most valuable nautical lesson rounding Portland Bill on day one when she discovered that it's better to go to the leeward when sea sickness strikes!

More at home in the mountains she tolerates the ocean but relishes wild and remote anchorages and the opportunity jump ship and explore the hilly bits on foot, bike, kayak or ski. In the day job she is a chartered account and and a former finance director of a major construction company. She was the Honorary Treasurer of the Ocean Cruising Club from 2011 - 2016.

Despite a susceptibility to sea sickness she has added a lot of miles to her sailing CV:
  • 1996 Weymouth to Seil Island returning south to Pwllheli via the West Coast of Ireland
  • 1997 Scotland to Alesund in Norway and back Wales via Shetland and Cape Wrath
  • 1998 Menai Straits to St Kilda and back
  • 1999 Caernarfon - Scilly Islands - Spain Portugal - Madeira - Gran Canaria - St Lucia
  • 2000 Tobago Quays - Antigua
  • 2001 Bare boat charter from Marmaris Turkey
  • 2001 West Coast of Scotland to (Sutherland)
  • 2002 Azores
  • 2006 Six weeks skippered charter on Pelagic with two crossings of Drake's Passage and a month in Antarctica. Launching Shimshal in May we sailed her from Orust (Sweden) - southern Norway - Fair Island - Cape Wrath - Holyhead (Wales)
  • 2007 Holyhead - Cape Wrath - Orkney - Shetland - Lofoten Islands (northern Norway) - Norwegian Coast to Orust in Sweden
  • 2008 Orust - Stockholm around the south coast of Sweden
  • 2009 Oxelosund (Sweden) - Alund Islands - Gotland - Gdansk (Poland) - Denmark (Limfjord) - Inverness - Caledonian Canal - Craobh Haven
  • 2010 Craobh Haven Mingalay - Barra - South Uist - Canna - Scavaig - Loch Sunart - Craobh Haven
  • 2011 Craobh Haven - Knoydart - Skye - Torridon - Sutherland - Conwy (Wales)
  • 2012 Conwy - Arduaine - South Uist- Shiant Islands - Ullapool - Arduaine - Belfast - Conwy(Wales)
  • 2013 Conwy -Arduiane and  2 circumnavigations of Jura 
  • 2014 Ardfern to West Coast of Skye - Ardfern
  • 2015 Ardfern - Lochinver - Faroe Islands - east, north & west coasts of Iceland - Reykjavik
  • 2016  Spring, Reykjavik - Hornstrandir National Park - Isafjordur - Summer, Scoresby Sound -Milne Land and return to Reykjavik via the Forbidden Coast.
  • 2017 April 2017 winner of the Vasey Vase awarded by the Ocean CruisingClub.
  • 2017 May sailed from Reykjavik Isafjordur via the Hornstrandir National Park (north west Iceland). In late July we re-crossed the Denmark Strait making a landfall on Greenland's east coast where we awaited the opening of Prins Christian Sund. In August we transited Prins Christian Sund and sailed north to lay up for the winter in Aasiaat the capital of North Greenland at 68 42N


Simon Currin

Simon progressed from dinghies in 1989 when he took a sailing course in Lyttleton Harbour, New Zealand. He gained experience chartering in New Zealand, Australia and Scotland. In 1995 he accidentally chartered a cruiser racer and fell in love with the performance during the Scottish Island Peaks Race and as a result bought Shimshal I in 1996. A Sigma 38 that had spent it's life being thrashed by employees of British Gas, she was in fairly rank order when he bought her. Shimshal I provided an abundance of lessons in boat maintenance! In 2003 he failed to complete the Azores and Back Race (AZAB) and returned to Ponta del Guarda where she was sold a couple of months later.

In 2004 together with Sally they commissioned Shimshal II drawing on the many lessons they had learned and in 2006 she was launched in Henan on the Island of Orust in Sweden. Shimshal II was customised ready to take them around the world in comfort and safety.


  • 1989-1995 Charters in New Zealand, Whitsunday Islands, Scotland including two Scottish Island Peaks Races
  • 1996 Weymouth to Seil Island returning south to Pwllheli via the West Coast of Ireland
  • 1997 Scotland to Alesund in Norway and back to Wales via Shetland and Cape Wrath
  • 1998 Menai Straits - St Kilda - Menai Straits
  • 1999 Scottish Island Peaks Race (all rounders division). Caernarfon - Scilly Islands - Spain Portugal - Madeira - Gran Canaria - St Lucia
  • 2000 Windward and Leeward  from Tobago Quays to Antigua
  • 2001 September, Bare boat charter from Marmaris Turkey
  • 2001 West Coast of Scotland
  • 2002 Caernarfon - Scilly Islands Faial (Azores)
  • 2003 Cruised the Azores to Ponta del Guarda setting off in the return leg of the AZAB but returning due to crew sickness
  • 2006 Six weeks skippered charter on Pelagic with two crossings of Drake's Passage and a month in Antarctica. Launching Shimshal in May we sailed her from Orust (Sweden) - southern Norway - Fair Island - Cape Wrath - Holyhead (Wales)
  • 2007 Holyhead - Cape Wrath - Orkney - Shetland - Lofoten Islands (northern Norway) - Norwegian Coast to Orust in Sweden
  • 2008 Orust - Stockholm around the south coast of Sweden
  • 2009 Oxelosund (Sweden) - Alund Islands - Gotland - Gdansk (Poland) - Denmark (Limfjord) - Inverness - Caledonian Canal - Craobh Haven
  • 2010 Craobh Haven Mingalay - Barra - South Uist - Canna - Scavaig - Loch Sunart - Craobh Haven
  • 2011 Craobh Haven - Knoydart - Skye - Torridon - Sutherland - Conwy (Wales)
  • 2012 Conwy - Arduaine - South Uist- Shiant Islands - Ullapool - Arduaine - Belfast - Conwy(Wales)
  • 2013 Conwy -Arduiane and circumnavigations of Jura -
  • 2014 Ardfern to West Coast of Skye - Ardfern
  • 2015 Ardfern - Lochinver - Faroe Islands - east, north & west coasts of Iceland - Reykjavik
  • 2016  Spring, Reykjavik - Hornstrandir National Park - Isafjordur - Summer, Scoresby Sound -Milne Land andreturn to Reykjavik via the Forbidden Coast.
  • 2017 April 2017 winner of the Vasey Vase awarded by the Ocean CruisingClub.
  • 2017 May sailed from Reykjavik Isafjordur via the Hornstrandir National Park (north west Iceland). In late July we re-crossed the Denmark Strait making a landfall on Greenland's east coast where we awaited the opening of Prins Christian Sund. In August we transited Prins Christian Sund and sailed north to lay up for the winter in Aasiaat the capital of North Greenland at 68 42N

Simon's day job is as a Rural General Practitioner in Montgomery, mid Wales, but he too has had a long dalliance with the mountains. He has been associated with mountain medicine for 25 years and organised and led the successful British Mount Everest Medical Expedition 1994 and four subsequent similar Himalayan ventures. He, along with Sally, founded Medex which supports mountain medicine research. He is Rear Commodore of the Ocean Cruising Club.

Guests on board Shimshal II

  • 2017 Spring Heather Bone and Tim Farmery from Reykjavik to Isafjordur via Hornstrandir National Park (Iceland). Denmark Strait to east Greenland followed by a cruise north to Aasiaat at 68 42N.
  • 2016 Summer Rod Kirkwood and Denzil Broadhurst. North Iceland to Scoresby Sound and back with a partial circumnavigation of Milne Land
  • 2016 Spring Helen and David Holden Reykjavik to Isafjordur and the HornstrandirNational Park.
  • 2015 Michael Schupp Kyle of Loch Alsh to Torshafn
  • 2015 Ronnie Robb Torsahvn to Reykjavik via north coast of Iceland.
  • 2014 
  • 2013 Geraldine Boocock, Denzil Broadhurst, Mark Howarth, Jill Sutcliffe, Tony Davies and Mary Morrell
  • 2012 Chris and Lynne Comerie, Michael Schupp
  • 2011 Chris and Lynne Comerie, Sandra Green, Haydn Meredith, Julie Weller, Richard Weller
  • 2010 Michelle White
  • 2009 Carol Darwin, Joe Currin, Chris Smith and Neil Onyon
  • 2008 Michael Schupp
  • 2007 Rick Atkinson, Tony Davies, James Anholm and Carol Darwin
  • 2006 Carol Darwin, Sandra Green and Peter Suthers