Meet The Team
Managing Director | Owner
Andy started sailing and windsurfing at an early age. Became as a Mechanical Engineer before moving into the Watersports industry qualifying as a Windsurfing Instructor in 1994. Andy qualified as a RYA Yachtmaster in 1997, worked in the Mediterranean before joining Flying Fish in 2000 as a Yachtmaster Instructor spending six happy years down under running Yachtmaster training programmes. Andy became a RYA Yachtmaster Examiner and lives in Cowes where Flying Fish HQ is based. Andy is a keen windsurfer and sailor and has competed in many of the worlds offshore races.
Laura advises candidates on all aspects of training, from initial application to final exams.
UK Training Adviser
Gemma advises candidates on all aspects of training, from initial application to final exams. She makes sure that Flying Fish students arrive to their destination and helps to ensure customers have the best time ever.. With over 12 years’ working at Flying Fish Gemma has a wealth of knowledge and experience help achieve their goals. Gemma has been to all our training locations around the world so can talk with experience
Simona Maria Standing
Superyacht Stewardess Instructor
Simona has worked in the super yacht industry for over 7 years. It was her dream come true, travelling around the world, meeting and making great friends, many she will keep for life. She started her career at a young age of 19. During her career she has encountered every possible issue that arises as professional crew on a super yacht and has even participated in a silver service training course by staff of Buckingham Palace. During her time on super yachts Simona has had many adventures, including a circumnavigation of the globe, that took her to many places not normally visited by super yachts. Be sure to ask her about it. Simona left the industry to have a family and to pursue shore based work, teaching others the means to have a successful career on the water. Being of Romanian descent Simona has always been a great communicator, strong leader and dedicated to her work. This has lead to a very successful career and the experience and knowledge to teach others and we are proud to have her working in our team.
Greece Operations Manager
“Chubsey” is a bit of a ninja both on and off the water. A veteran instructor of eight years and counting, he is an inspiration to watch as he flies across Vassiliki bay, and an inspiration to hang out with afterwards – he was awarded SWA personality of the Year 2013!
James has worked in the Water sports industry for a 8 years teaching before becoming centre manager for Neilson holidays at their high wind windsurfing centre in Vassiliki. James is a very competent windsurfer and Dinghy sailor. He became a Windsurfing trainer in 2015 and now spends in summers for Flying Fish in Vassiliki teaching on our Windsurfing instructor programmes
Jake began his watersports career on a small lake at the age of 16. Since then his profession has allowed him to work all over the world specializing in Dinghy sailing, Windsurfing and Powerboating. Jake is big into Windsurfing, Dinghy sailing and Surfing and likes his fitness – so he will have no problem leading fitness sessions as part of the Flying Fish course. Jake has worked in instructor training before but is happy to finally get a job at the Top Gun Center that is Flying Fish Greece.
“This industry is amazing I have been able to travel to some amazing places and meet some fantastic people. I am looking forward to helping people improve their skills and confidence. I have a lot to pass on and I am passionate about getting people into the industry”.
Marketing | UK
Martin is a marketing and digital professional with over 20 years of experience in digital marketing, his experience has been gained from advising global brands. Martin skill set ranges from e-commerce platform management, to digital marketing and video production. Martin runs an online sports retail business as well as taking care of Flying Fish – busy guy!
Managing Director | Owner Flying Fish Sailing Acadmy
Andy began his working life as an oceanographer, in an attempt to find a career path that would get him out on the water. He soon decided this wasn’t enough fun and he gave it up to work as a sailing and windsurfing instructor in the UK. Shortly afterwards he met Andrew Lorant and they started to develop the Flying Fish concept of vocational sports training in the world’s best locations. The first trip was to Barbados, to run a windsurfing instructor course. Today he oversees Flying Fish Sailing Acadmy. Andy has a lifetime’s experience as a watersports trainer and many thousands of miles logged sailing offshore. He still spends plenty of time each year out on the water, training instructors or skippering yachts. His favourite sports are windsurfing, surfing and offshore racing. ‘But,’ he says, ‘any time I spend working on the water is a privilege and definitely good for the soul.’
Training Adviser | Australia
Laura keeps things running smoothly in the sales and marketing department at Flying Fish Sydney! Desk bound in the busy summer months, she makes the most of the off-season lull to get out on the water!
Operations Director | Australia
After 10 years in the London design industry Russell decided to take a career break. He says “I decided to trade the material comforts of mainstream life for the opportunity to acquire skills that would stay with me for life.” So, Russell joined Flying Fish to do a windsurf instructor traineeship in Vassiliki Greece. He then spent time as an instructor in Greece and Spain before returning to Flying Fish to work as an instructor trainer. Several years on Russell is Operations Director for Flying Fish Australia. He spends most of his year managing windsurfing, surfing and dinghy sailing in Sydney, where he takes an active part in training instructors. He is an RYA Windsurfing Trainer and Advanced Instructor, Dinghy Coach Assessor and Senior Instructor and a Power Boat Instructor. Occasionally he can be found in the role of yacht instructor in Sydney Harbour. With the arrival of the Australian winter in May, Russell heads for Europe to join the Fish staff in Greece.