Neil started sailing out of Dun Laighaire on the south side of Dublin Bay. A few years later he started teaching as a summer job which then became a full-time instructor job once he left school. After completing his Yachtmaster Offshore qualification he spent 3 years in Greece as a charter skipper and added delivery work to his repertoire. Neil progressed to work as a youth race coach in Sint Maarten whilst also racing his own First 300 Spirit. In the last 3 years, he has been working as a Yachtmaster instructor and race skipper having completed Fastnet and the Round Ireland yacht race. Neil has already sailed transatlantic twice before, once as 1st Mate and once as Skipper, he is looking forward to his third hop across the pond.