Ruffian - Pete McIntyre/Emma Nutt


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Pete McIntyre
Skipper Nationality: 
Emma Nutt
Co-Skipper Nationality: 


Sigma 36




Ruffian, a Sigma 36, is a fast cruiser/ racer, which has been continuously updated and offers exhilarating sailing with a little comfort thrown in, making her perfect for the longer distance races. Emma and Pete started racing together in 2005, which is when they acquired her. During the winter and spring of 2006, they began preparing Ruffian for their first Round Britain and Ireland Race, which they completed, despite losing their rudder, whilst anchored in the notorious Castle Bay in the Outer Hebrides, a race which they again completed in 2010, finishing 4th in class. Regrettably, damage forced retirement whilst taking part in the 2008, two handed division of the BMW None Stop Round Ireland Race, but seeing DNF in the results, certainly hardened our resolve In the 2007 AZAB they took line honours in class, on the outward leg and finished 2nd overall in class, raising over £11000 for charity, a race which they thoroughly enjoyed and are once again looking forward to the challenge that the race presents, renewing acquaintances, making new ones and during the stop over again sampling the legendary Azorean hospitality. See for more details

Skipper Profile

Pete’s sailing career started (and nearly finished) in an Optimist Dinghy, when sailing back against wind and current proved too much………. Sailing lessons were required! Some years later he decided to build his own yacht and work commenced on a Spray 28. After 5 long hard years she was launched. During this time he started crewing on a Sigma 33, ‘Djinn Seng S’ skippered by Neville Hodkin, to whom he is forever grateful for the experience and knowledge he gained in those early years. He went on to sail with Neville on ‘Djinn Seng X’, one of the first X332s, and later ‘Extra Djinn’ an X362, travelling 600 miles every weekend to sail in the Hamble River and Warsash Spring and Winter series for 4 years, along with other major regattas and several of Scarborough's own North Sea Race's. When the lure of foreign travel became too much he set off with a couple of friends on an extended cruise to the Baltic, through the Kiel Canal to Denmark and Sweden, a trip which was repeated 4 years later, this time also taking in Poland and the North German Coast. During all this sailing Pete attended the RYA Day Skipper, Yachtmaster and Yachtmaster Ocean Courses and went on to become an Instructor at Scarborough YC, where he is now Principal.

Co-Skipper Profile

Emma’s sailing career started on family sailing holidays and really took off, whilst attending the Day Skipper course, when she was invited to crew by Pete on Scallywag. Emma was badly bitten by the bug and has not stopped sailing since, she is full of enthusiasm for any job to do with the boat, from cleaning the bilges (her speciality!) to helping take the engine to bits and anything and everything in between. Since those early days Emma has passed her Yachtmaster and now helps Pete run the courses at Scarborough Yacht Club. In addition to being fully committed to the local bay racing scene, Emma’s passion for long distance racing has developed to near obsessive proportions, having taken part in a few of the clubs North Sea races, various delivery trips, to France and other destinations, along with two Round Britain and Ireland races, the none stop round Ireland race and of course the last Azab.