Meet the NoF Team
Andy is a businessman and has been sailing for most of his life. In 2012, having had limited religious involvement for much of his adult life, he underwent a series of encounters with Christ, the second being a vision of the crucified Jesus in Malmesbury Abbey.
Initially sceptical, he experienced a transformation that led to him taking a part-time four year course in theology at Trinity College, Bristol. Andy was on board for the full duration of the sea voyage, trying to hold the trip together. This included having to deal with difficult situations such as a sea sick crew member suffering from some form of psychosis. The vessel was endangered several times due to sea sickness, which included being fully flooded.
Andy, with his wife Adele, walked the whole distance from Malmesbury Abbey to York during Lent 2019 – the Walk to York.
With the decision to close the charity Andy has taken the decision to maintain the online presence to see how things can evolve as the journey continues.
Howard is a professional educator. In 2007 he travelled solo across the Sahara desert by motorbike on off-road routes. He joined the vessel for several parts of the 2018 trip and was pivotal in recruiting many of the crew members.
Howard also undertook a short symbolic walk for a few days during Lent 2019, which is covered in the blog section.
Howard and his wife have decided to not continue with the charity and this was a major factor in the decision for it to close in its current form.
MEET THE 'BEHIND THE SCENES' TEAM
Charly is the Navigators of Faith behind the scenes saviour! She runs the website but obviously didn’t write this bio. Charly helped with the sea voyage in every way possible from antifouling and cleaning Rival Star to baking and helping to provision the boat. Charly also organised the making of 60 St Brigid’s crosses to be given out at each port and is behind the scenes support for the Walk to York.
We are hoping she will be persuaded to continue with us into 2020.
Adele is both behind the scenes and part of the crew, and is also wife to Andrew. She knows her way around sailing Rival Star and supported Andrew in getting the boat ready pre-voyage, crewed for a week in June 2018 and has got her head around updating websites! Alongside Andy, she will walked most of the distance to York during Lent 2019, while organising the mission from the background.
She will be continuing to support the online activity.